Exploring Corporate Governance Around the World

By Allison Garrett, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Oklahoma Christian University

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Of Bikinis and Corporate Governance, or Reuters, what were you thinking?

There is a Reuters article in the UK press today about the status of women on corporate boards. This is an important topic and one that I have blogged about previously here and here. The Financial Reporting Council in the UK is considering requiring companies to explain what steps they are taking to add more women to their boards.

The astounding thing about the Reuters piece is that this article about women on corporate boards of directors is accompanied by a picture of a woman in a bikini. Yes, really! Surely there are plenty of pictures of women in business suits, or boards of directors. No picture at all would have been better.

Why would Reuters put a picture of a woman in a bikini in the article? It demonstrates incredibly poor judgment. If the article were intended to have a salutary effect on the status of women on corporate boards of directors, it was completely eviscerated by the picture.

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