World Gender equality as ‘trade secret’? Businesses awaken to a long-dawning idea.

The message that workforce diversity deserves a conscious (even proprietary) effort has begun to resonate throughout US boardrooms – boosting bottom lines and responsiveness to concerns of women employees and others. Part 7 of Reaching for Equity, a global series on gender and power.

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In the tech industry, “non-compete” agreements are not uncommon; they prevent employees from job-hopping to rival firms and taking inside knowledge with them. But here’s a novel twist: The latest tussle of this sort is not about someone with key technical information.