Especially in the last 10 years, many studies in Europe and the United States have demonstrated that companies with a high number of women on their boards have a higher level of performance in almost every field. Researches have also shown that companies with women on their boards have, as a result, better ethical reputation, lower levels of corruption and that they take better calculated risks.
However we want to state that as the Women on Board Association Turkey (WBAT) we feel uncomfortable being forced to present these facts to support the right for more female representation. In a world where half the population and talent are women, if there aren’t enough of them on company boards, this not because of the lack of “eligible women”, but rather a sign that the system isn’t working properly and that women are getting stuck during the process. Women can’t solve this problem that was created by the system on their own. The system itself should be doing that.
Therefore WBAT is a platform that prepares strong candidates for boards and plays an active part in the resolution of this problem by bringing together the various stakeholders so that the system can work efficiently. It is a strong organization with an increasingly large competency field that paves the way for solutions through open dialogue.