Toadies awarded to the CBI

I’ve just awarded Toadies to two senior people at the CBI.

John Cridland, Director-General:

120310 Toady Award certificate for John Cridland

Neil Carberry, Director for Employment and Skills:

120310 Toady Award certificate for Neil Carberry

You may recall from an earlier post that the CBI published an odious report in December 2010, ‘Room at the Top: improving gender diversity on UK corporate boards’. Of the 14 signatories to the report 9 were women, and the 5 men (all ‘captains of industry’) were already on record before the report’s publication as supporters of ‘improved’ gender diversity on boards: in plain English, more women. The report refers to the ‘pipeline issue’, a militant feminist analysis (up there with the ‘glass ceiling’) of why there are few women in boardrooms. A non-feminist analysis (i.e. an intelligent one) offers a simpler conclusion: there is no ‘problem’ because men with the experience and ambition to sit on major corporate boards far outnumber the women with them. They always have and always will, so long as appointments are made on the basis of merit. The truth of this analysis is borne out by the fact that the forthcoming influx of women into British boardrooms will mainly be Non-Executive Directors. ‘Gender diversity in the boardroom’ is nothing less than an initiative to push ambitious women lacking the necessary experience and expertise into boardrooms. In short, a gravy train for feminists. Corporate performance will inevitably suffer as it did in Norway (see earlier post).

The CBI claims that the ‘Room at the Top’ report is representative of the views of its members, but I disagree. Most of the senior business people I know are hostile to the government’s and the CBI’s initiative to ‘improve’ diversity (gender and otherwise) in the boardroom. On 14 February I challenged John Cridland to work with me on arranging independent polling of CBI members on the matter (my earlier post refers). He has yet to respond to my challenge (last update 26 March).


About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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