What is it about?

This research delves into the vital role of diverse leadership on corporate boards and its profound impact on decision-making, organizational performance, and society as a whole. It begins by discussing the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) framework as a critical lens for understanding and achieving these goals. The study takes a global perspective to highlight the existing diversity gaps in corporate boards. The chapter identifies these diversity gaps as a primary concern and links them to the potential for enhanced business performance and societal benefits when they are addressed. In addition, it introduces an innovative framework and strategies aimed at addressing these gaps and promoting inclusivity within current corporate boards. Moreover, the research offers guidance on how to prepare future candidates for successful board service. To enhance decision-making and problem-solving within corporate boards, the authors integrate the ESG framework with insights from social psychology theory. This integration results in practical tools and methods that can contribute to improved corporate governance. By emphasizing the importance of broader diversity on corporate boards, the research underscores the critical need for sustainable and equitable business practices. [Some of the content on this page has been created by AI]

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Why is it important?

Diversity on corporate boards is not just a buzzword; it's a crucial component of successful and responsible corporate governance. In today's interconnected world, companies must reflect the diverse societies they serve to make better decisions and ensure they contribute positively to society. The research emphasizes that diversity isn't just about checking boxes or meeting quotas; it's about harnessing the power of different perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds. When corporate boards are diverse, they are more likely to make informed and fair decisions, leading to better organizational performance. This isn't just good for the company; it has positive ripple effects on society at large, fostering inclusivity and social progress. Moreover, addressing diversity gaps is not just about addressing past injustices. It's an investment in a sustainable and equitable future. By building more inclusive corporate boards, companies can be more responsible stewards of their resources, reduce risks, and promote long-term success. Inclusivity also leads to better stakeholder engagement, ultimately benefiting the bottom line. This research relates to the following Sustainable Development Goals: • SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities • SDG 5: Gender Equality • SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions • SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth • SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


Corporate boards play a pivotal role in shaping business practices and societal outcomes. This publication sheds light on the need for greater diversity and inclusion on boards to foster more ethical and effective governance. By integrating insights from ESG frameworks and social psychology, it offers a roadmap towards building corporate boards that reflect and benefit all of society.

Sr. Manager, DEI, Otis Elevator Company Karen Perham-Lippman
Eastern University

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This page is a summary of: Achieving Societal Equality by Building Inclusive Corporate Boards, October 2023, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/s2058-880120230000009015.
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