Personal File - Women directors are better for corporate governance

Best practice methods in corporate governance are far more likely to be adopted if FTSE 100 companies have women on the board, according to a study by Cranfield School of Management.

Cranfield's findings are set out in its Female FTSE report, which shows a rise in female non-executive directors and in companies with more than one woman on the board. The number of directorships held by women has risen to 110, or 9.7% of the total, from 101, or 8.6%, in 2003.

Centrica and J Sainsbury jointly head the league table, with female directors accounting for a third of their boards. Next come AstraZeneca, British Airways and Pearson, owner of the Financial Times. Bottom of the league are Smiths Group and Daily Mail & General Trust, with no women on their boards.

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