BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS FOR FEMALE LEADERS
The evidence-based EWOB toolkit is designed to help organisations improve the representation of female leaders at decision-making level. By:
- An overview of the state of gender equality in corporate leadership across Europe
- Practical recommendations to help business leaders strengthen diversity within their organisations
- Answers to key questions about the Women on Boards Directive
EWOB Chair, Hedwige Nuyens
On the adoption of the Women on Boards Directive
GENDER REPRESENTATION IN CORPORATE LEADERSHIP TODAY
There are still significant disparities between countries
The over representation of male leaders is an issue across industries
Female candidates are not appointed in positions of power
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THE BARRIERS FEMALE
Gender diversity is not merely a numerical statistic. We also need to foster inclusive
environments where diverse voices thrive. We have interviewed over 84 leaders to
better understand how organisations can achieve this.
The main goal for a board is to be durable and provide critical insights. We need to have different perspectives and listen to those.
One needs to nurture the network and diverse networks. One needs to be patient about it, so I also always say, it doesn’t happen overnight. You know, it can take time, be patient.
The trigger for the change happens at the very top. I feel like if we can unblock the CEO and his or her team, then that really is what allows all of the change to occur at the right pace.
FOCUS ON THE WOMEN ON
What is at stake?
The so called ‘Women on Boards Directive’ establishes effective measures to ensure a more balanced gender representation among the directors of companies registered and stock listed in countries of the European Union.
Among other measures, stock-listed companies in the European Union will have to achieve 40% of women on boards or 33% of executive and non-executive directors by mid-june 2026.
Legislation is driving change
The adoption of the Women on Boards Directive is already encouraging countries and companies to take action. Additionally, member states that have already implemented binding targets are leading the way, while countries with no legislation at all are stilll lagging behind.
Hires Pre and Post the adoption of the Women on Boards Directive
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