Does the presence of three or more female directors associate with corporate recognition?
Gender in Management
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to extend Landry et al.’s (2016) work and examines the possible association between corporations having three or more female directors and these companies being features on corporate recognition lists. Design/methodology/approach: This study examines a sample of 335 corporations ranked as Fortune 500 corporations in the period 2013–2019. The authors test for the association between the percent of corporations that had three or more female directors and the percent of these corporations on external recognition lists. Findings: The data indicate that the percent of corporations with three or more female directors more than doubled between 2013 and 2019; this change was accompanied by an increase in the percent of presence of these companies in corporate recognition lists. The percent of corporations that had three or more female directors was significantly associated with the percent of these corporations on external recognition lists. Research limitations/implications: The first is the sample selection process; this study used only publicly traded corporations that were included in the Fortune 500 between 2013 through 2019. The second limitation is that this study did not include data on board members considered minorities. Practical implications: The findings imply that there is a strong link between gender diversity on boards and being featured on corporate recognition lists, which means that firms who care about corporate social responsibility-related works, and more instrumentally, care about being on such lists should reconsider the gender balance on their boards. Originality/value: This study extends this work for a time period in which the number of corporations with three or more female directors has significantly increased.
Neuberger, M., Bernardi, R. A., Bosco, S. M., & Landry, E. (2023). Does the presence of three or more female directors associate with corporate recognition?. Gender in Management, 38 (1), 111-132. https://doi.org/10.1108/GM-11-2020-0340