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Media advisory

Women, leadership and business performance – Report launch

Media advisory | 14 May 2019
GENEVA (ILO News) – A new report on how gender equality in senior management affects companies’ performance – including profitability and innovation – will be launched by the Bureau for Employers’ Activities of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on 22 May.

The report, Women in Business and Management: The business case for change, includes information gathered from almost 13,000 enterprises in 70 countries. The report also analyses the reasons behind the continuing gender diversity deficits, and makes recommendations for breaking the cycle.

The researchers have also compiled 29 country ‘snapshots’, from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and central and southern America.

Embargoed electronic copies of the report and associated media materials can be made available to journalists upon request from Friday 17 May 2019 by contacting

EMBARGO: The report and all associated materials are under strict embargo until Wednesday 22 May 2019 at 12:00 GMT (14:00 CET).

For UNOG-accredited correspondents: There will be a press briefing on the report at 10.00 am on Wednesday 22 May in Press Room I, Palais des Nations. The briefing will be given by Deborah France-Massin, Director of the ILO Bureau for Employers’ Activities (ACT/EMP), and Jae-Hee Chang, report co-author and ACT/EMP specialist.

For further information and to arrange media interviews,
please contact the ILO Department of Communication:, +4122/799-7912. The ILO TV studio and ISDN line can also be booked for broadcast interviews by contacting the Radio and TV Unit:, +4122/799-7935.