british american tobacco p.l.c. sustainability report 2009 - Gender diversity


We continue to support the career development of our talented female managers, with a view to increasing the proportion of women in senior management positions.

In addition to tracking development plans for our senior women, we also assign mentors to them and encourage the recruitment consultancies we use to draw up gender-balanced shortlists of candidates, wherever possible, when we recruit externally. Metrics for women in senior roles are tracked at our Management Board Talent Review meetings.

We recognise that progress in this area will take time and the proportion of women at all grades has remained broadly the same in 2009 compared to 2008.

Percentage breakdown for women in management and governance bodies
% by level200720082009
Management trainees45%48%48%
Management grade 3432%33%33%
Management grade 3529%31%32%
Management grade 3625%26%28%
Management grade 3718%22%23%
Management grade 389%12%13%
Management grade 3910%11%9%
Management grade 401%3%4%
Management Board0%0%0%
Non-Executive Directors33%38%38%

At 31 December 2009, the Management Board had 13 members and the Board of British American Tobacco p.l.c. had 11 members, comprising three Executive Directors and eight Non-Executive Directors, including the Chairman.