Cracking the code - Revisiting the Executive Pipeline

Cracking the code - Revisiting the Executive Pipeline

‘Revisiting the Executive Pipeline' revisits the myths and realities of female progression in large corporates and tracks progress since the original ‘Cracking the Code’ research.

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‘Revisiting the Executive Pipeline' is the latest research from the Cracking the Code team, a collaboration between KPMG, the 30% Club, global business psychology firm YSC and social enterprise group Why Women Work. It revisits the myths and realities of female progression in large corporates and tracks progress since the original ‘Cracking the Code’ research.
 

View our interactive flipbook here or download the report below.

Key findings
 

  • While the numbers of women increase at more junior levels, the percentage holding posts on executive committee remains static
  • To encourage change, companies should be monitoring and reporting the gender balance in their organisation
  • External hiring was a key factor driving change, rather than businesses investing in developing their own female talent.


Cracking the Code” sparked a huge level of interest as it examined, in detail, the evidence base surrounding ten key myths commonly held around women progressing to the top in the workplace. What stood out in the original report was that whilst men and women might have similar career aspirations, leadership behaviour and push and pull factors for career moves, ultimately, it is blockages at the top that prevent a better balance of gender diversity.


Two years on, relatively little has changed. The involvement of more women in the boardroom has so far failed to create a trickle down effect for women in the executive pipeline. It is no surprise that the pace of change is slow. But more of the same actions will not produce anything different. Large corporates should re-energise systemic change. Our research offers insight and practical steps for business leaders and helps them to develop the commercial rationale for championing gender diversity in their own organisations.

View from the top - How CEOs are tackling gender within multinationals

View from the top - How CEOs are tackling gender within multinationals

This report explores what is happening to support or disprove the key findings from the original ’Cracking the code’ research.

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