Societe General has the biggest share of women in the boardroom among 20 major European lenders, according to an industrywide survey on gender diversity.
Bloomberg News reports that the proportion of female directors at 220 financial firms across Europe increased to 23% in 2015 from 20% in a similar study carried out the previous year by New Financial, a research firm.
Increasing the proportion of women in the highest echelons of finance has become more of a priority for the world’s biggest banks since the 2008 financial crisis, with gender diversity seen as an asset to prevent future meltdowns. Lenders from Lloyds Banking Group to Deutsche Bank have said they want to appoint more women to senior roles, while countries from France to Norway have implemented quotas to boost the number of females in top-tier positions.
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