working women

23 on the “Zero List”

Catalyst is a non-profit organization I’ve written about before.  Every year they publish a lot of interesting research regarding women and leadership but I only heard about their aptly named “zero list” recently.  The zero list is a list of Fortune 500 companies with “zero” women on boards.  Today, Fortune published the names of the Fortune 5oo Companies that currently have no female directors:

  • Caesar’s Entertainment
  • Charter Communications
  • Chesapeake Energy
  • CHS
  • Core Mark Holding Company
  • Discovery Communications
  • EMCOR Group
  • Energy Transfer Equity LP
  • Fidelity National Financial
  • Global Partners LP
  • Harbinger Group Inc
  • Holly Frontier Corporation
  • Icahn Enterprises
  • INTL FCStone
  • Joy Global
  • Land O’Lakes
  • MRC Global
  • Navistar International
  • Peter Kiewet Sons
  • Precision Castparts
  • Seaboard
  • Sonic Automotive
  • World Fuel Services

Compared to last year, when 50 companies (10% of the Fortune 500) were on the list, this represents progress.  But I’m beginning to wonder whether these companies are motivated to change, and whether employees and prospective recruits care.  If they don’t, then it may be a longer slog to changing the numbers.

Let us know what you think.  If this data is important to you, we will consider adding it to Fairygodboss.  If it doesn’t matter at all, that will be important for us to know, too.

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