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Diversity on European boards

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

GENDER REPRESENTATION IN CORPORATE LEADERSHIP TODAY

The analysis of over 1300 companies across 17 EU countries reveals 3 key insights:

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

Disparities between countries There are still significant disparities between European countries. Poland France Germany Italy Switzerland Female 22% — 42% — Male

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THE BARRIERS FEMALE
LEADERS FACE

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
BOARDS DIRECTIVE

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

All Directors

Non-Executive Directors

Non-Board

  • Male
  • Female

Quiz

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The Women on Boards Directive was adopted in

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The objective of the Women on Boards Directive is to

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The Women on Boards Directive applies to

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Are penalties foreseen by the Women on Boards Directive?

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The Women on Boards Directive provides that

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How much time  do countries have to transpose the Directive in their national law?

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When will a woman candidate be appointed to a board position instead of a man?

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How much time  do companies have to reach the targets set by the Women on Boards Directive?

Your score is

The average score is 50%

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TAKE ACTION TO INCREASE THE REPRESENTATION OF FEMALE LEADERS IN YOUR ORGANISATION