ABSTRACT

This chapter provides a detailed analysis of the diversity management practices of listed companies. It discusses key themes that were expressed by interviewees such as equal opportunities, work-life balance, training programs, legal compliance mechanisms, board and managerial diversity, flexible part-time work, gender roles and nursery services, as well as concerns about obstacles deriving from societal assumptions and board and state disinterest in advancing women’s managerial positions. In addition to analysing the discourse adopted by these firms, the chapter also explores the actions taken, such as establishing departments for gender issues, public relations activities, and recruiting and promoting women for managerial positions. The results show that neither the discourse nor the actions taken have had sufficient impact to redress the gender gap in these workplaces.