Women have won more ground in the world of work but there's still a long road ahead of us.
Gender equality on boards of directors is still a distant dream. Women take up 16.9% of spaces on boards of directors around the world, according to Deloitte Global's sixth report on "Women in the Boardroom". The percentage of directors on boards in Italy who are women has reached 29%, thanks to the "Golfo-Mosca" Law 120/2011, which mandates a so-called "pink quota."
When more women join an organisation, its ROE goes up by 7% and its EBITDA by 6%, according to companies that have studied this phenomenon (source: MacKinsey).
When the World Economic Forum published its “Global Gender Gap Index” at the end of 2019, they created the most respected tool for measuring the march of gender equality in all the world's countries. The index looks at disparities between men and women in terms of health and wellbeing, education, politics and forms of economic participation. Its estimates for 2019 reckon that, with things as they are, it will take almost 100 years to reach equality between men and women.
Happily though, ways of accelerating equality between the sexes are being eagerly pursued, and companies are becoming ever more attentive, active and keen to launch initiatives in this direction.
TIM itself chose 8 March 2020, Women's Day, to launch its “Women project: an inclusion initiative for all”, accompanied by a manifesto expounding the company's detailed commitments and a plan for improvement, the fruit of a hearing process that raised the most important areas for action.