Annual Gender Diversity Data Tracking
Women continue to be under-represented in leadership and decision-making roles in Canada. As of January 1, 2020, federally-regulated companies are required to disclose the
gender and non-gender diversity of boards and executive teams. The Prosperity Project Annual Gender-Diversity Data Tracking Initiative will build on this important first step. It will track women in executive roles, senior management roles and in the pipeline to senior management within Canada’s largest 500 public companies, crown corporations and private companies.
By establishing a research base, we will track the progress of women over time and shine a light on the progress individual organizations are making towards achieving gender parity at the top. We will identify and applaud those organizations that are leading the way. There is ample evidence that employers that have created inclusive workplaces with diversity at all levels of their organizations are employers of choice, attracting the best talent and better serving the needs of their increasingly diverse customer bases.
We recognize that different approaches are required to meet the distinct needs of all Canadian women. This means that in our research, we will apply an intersectional identities and inclusivity lens to shine a light on the women themselves, in order to understand the representation of women who also identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Metis), women of colour, persons with disabilities and/or LGBTQ2+. This data is currently not being compiled, and fails to provide transparency, accountability and human resource policies and practices that disproportionately disadvantage women especially in promotions, succession planning and compensation decision-making.