For 20 years, Grant Thornton has cast a light on issues surrounding gender diversity in senior management among the world’s mid-market businesses, exposing barriers and identifying action for change. Coinciding with International Women’s Day, this ground-breaking research focuses on monitoring and measuring the proportion of women occupying senior management roles in mid-market companies around the world. 

The SNG Grant Thornton Women in Business project has explored what helps, and what hinders, women in the workplace, whilst offering businesses pragmatic solutions to incubate a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. Operating in the ever-volatile economic environment, mid-market businesses have worked through the Covid-19 pandemic period and are currently contending with the impact of geopolitical tension and conflict. 


When Grant Thornton first began tracking the percentage of women representation 20 years ago,  just 19.4% of senior management roles were held by women in the mid-market businesses. Today, that global figure stands at 33.5%. 

Mid-market businesses must adapt to the constantly changing global economy. It's crucial to increase the number of women in senior management roles, and many companies have responded to this call. However, we need to ensure that progress accelerates so that mid-market businesses achieve meaningful representation at senior levels.



Pathways to parity

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Leading the way

Percentage of roles that lead and have responsibility for DE&I

Strategies for success

Impact of strategies on percentage of senior management positions held by women

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