2020 Has a Lofty Goal – Viacom Is Already There

by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Diversity and inclusion is a top priority at Viacom. We incorporate this into every aspect of our business, whether it’s via culturally resonant programming on MTV or by sweeping the top three spots in the Directors Guild of America’s list of best programs for hiring women and minority directors. But that commitment goes beyond the shows that drive our networks and filters from the very top of our company, as 2020 Women on Boards recently acknowledged, including us on its list of Fortune 1,000 companies whose boards comprise more than 20 percent women.

With four female board members – Shari Redstone, Blythe J. McGarvie, Cristiana Falcone Sorrell and Deborah Norville – Viacom has for years surpassed 2020’s goal to increase the percentage of women on corporate boards to 20 percent by the year 2020.

“We educate corporate stakeholders on the importance of board diversity and promote companies like yours as examples of good corporate governance,” 2020 President Malli Gero and Chair Stephanie Sonnabend wrote in a letter to Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman.

2020’s driving thesis is pretty simple, and logical: more women on the board equals a company that better represents its stakeholders equals a more successful business. As Women’s History Month 2016 winds down, Viacom is proud to support 2020’s ceaseless mission to increase female board representation.

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