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Media release : How gender-diverse are companies in Europe?

How gender-diverse are companies in Europe?

28 November 2018: publication of the first EWoB – Ethics & Boards European Gender Diversity Index

Awareness is growing that (gender) diversity is a key enabler of corporate success, but what is the current status with regard to gender diversity in European companies?

On Wednesday 28 November 2018, European Women on Boards (EWoB) and Ethics & Boards will publish their first European Gender Diversity Index. The comparative ranking analyses the 200 largest companies of the Stoxx Europe 600 registered in nine European countries (*) with regards to gender diversity in corporate top positions on Boards and Executive committees. Three criteria have been applied to establish the 2018 Index:

The percentage of women on Boards (**)
The presence of a woman servingas Chair of the Board (**)
The presence of women serving as Chief Executive Officer or Chair of the Executive Board

The media are invited to attend the evening of the Index publication, where compelling keynote speeches will be followed by a panel of prominent CEOs and experts who will share their views on a greater presence of women in leadership positions. To acknowledge those corporations who have made real efforts in the field of gender diversity, the 3 best performing companies will be awarded.

Event information: Wednesday 28 November 2018, 18:00 – 21:30 at the Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel, Avenue Louise 71B, 1050 Brussels.

(*) countries where EWoB is active: Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, TheNetherlands, Spain, TheUnited Kingdom

(**) For companies with a dual structure, “Board” indicates the non-executive body.


About Ethics & Boards

Ethics & Boards is the largest independent international corporate governance data place. As a 360° expert in the field of corporate governance data, Ethics & Boards aggregates the most significant number of public data in the market to provide a clear understanding of the composition and functioning of corporate governance bodies. Ethics & Boards gives each of the stakeholders the power to take decisions, to manage their risks, reputation and value, and to act on the basis of tangible and measurable information.

Ethics & Boards is a reference partner in the field of online governance analytics for funds, listed companies and institutions such as the French Government, IFA-Institut Français des Administrateurs, INSEAD Corporate Governance Center, AGEFI Grands Prix du Gouvernement d’Entreprise and ICR-Institut du Capitalisme Responsable.

About European Women on Boards (EWoB)

European Women on Boards (*2013) is a unique network of organizations promoting female participation on boards of directors or supervisory boards across Europe. EWoB has three main fields of activity: the EWoB – Ethics & Boards European Gender Diversity Index, International Board Professionals (a pool of high-level female professionals) and a cross-border Mentoring Programme to help women prepare for top level corporate positions. Today, EWoB has 10 member organizations in 9 European countries. EWoB is a non-profit organization and is located in Brussels.

Registrations for 28 November and media inquiries:

Lian Verhoeven