The International Business Report (IBR) enters its 20th year in 2012. Peru is the latest country to join, taking the number of economies covered by the survey to 40. The IBR, formerly known as the International Business Owners Survey (IBOS), provides insight into the views and expectations of over 7200 privately held businesses across 32 economies.
Following the success of IBR 2011, it will continue as a quarterly survey interviewing more than 2,800 business leaders every quarter, and more than 11,500 every year.This unique survey draws upon 20 years of trend data for original participants of the IBR's predecessors the European Business Survey (EBS) and 8 years of trend data for original participants of the International Business Owners Survey (IBOS).
Grant Thornton's International Business Report explores women in senior management positions, why this issue matters, the current state of play and what is being done about it.
The survey reveals a number of key findings, such as the fact that women were found to hold one in five senior management roles globally, which is very similar to the level observed in 2004. Further less than one in ten businesses have a female CEO with women largely employed in finance and human resources roles. Businesses in Russia, followed by Botswana, the Philippines and Thailand have the most women in senior management, whilst those in Germany, India and Japan had the least.
It was also found that many economies, especially in Europe are choosing to implement quotas on the number of women on boards. However, no clear correlation between either flexible working practices or female economic activity and the proportion of women in senior management was found.
Companies around the globe are increasingly looking at business vehicles that run on alternative fuels. “Greener fleets: companies consider alternative-fuel vehicles”, from the Grant Thornton International Business Report 2012, finds many factors driving demand for alternative-fuel vehicles, but also obstacles that prevent companies from adopting greener approaches.
This International Business Report (IBR) examines global data on corporate attitudes about alternative-fuel vehicles – interest, motivation, and inhibitors for bringing these types of vehicles into business fleets – and offers perspectives from Grant Thornton partners around the globe.
This report looks at the situation in Europe (and the future of the single currency) from the perspective of businesses within the eurozone, those in the EU but outside of the single currency, and neighbouring countries outside of the EU.