Numerous studies have documented the vast under-representation of women in senior management. But despite the disparity, many Hong Kong companies still lack specific programmes to address the issue.
According to a recent survey by Mercer, 46 per cent of firms sampled in Hong Kong have no targeted development initiatives for women leaders. While the precise reasons for this have yet to be identified, Mercer's head of talent management consulting, Brenda Wilson, says it may just be a matter of conflict avoidance.
"Organisations could be worried about creating a perception of inequity if they focus on just one segment of the [working] population," she explains.
Though a valid concern, Wilson goes on to note that such an argument could also be seen as contradictory.
"Organisations [segment their workforce] all the time, be it through identifying high potentials or by designating critical skills,