Who we are
The Female Board Pool is a pan-European not-for-profit organisation with a distinct focus and mission: to promote women’s full participation – as members of boards of directors – in the governance of companies and organisations.
The Female Board Pool is an initiative of the Center for Corporate Governance at Europe’s top-ranked Business School of St. Gallen University (Switzerland). Launched in 2005, it has branched out to Luxembourg and Belgium, and will next expand to France, the UK, Scandinavia and Russia in 2013 and 2014.
Guided by a proven philosophy that gender diversity is essential for better political, social and economic performance, the BoardPool works with executive women across Europe as they access board seats of listed companies, SMEs, public bodies, NGOs, and charities.
The Female Board Pool is a connected global community of women and men committed to diversity in governance and leadership. Because diversity triggers creativity, and fuels innovation and growth!
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What we do
We are creating a database with profiles of selected board-ready and board-experienced women across all sectors: listed companies, SMEs, family-owned businesses, public or semi-public institutions, NGOs, or charities.
We want to connect women with companies and organisations seeking women with specific skills and expertise for their boards of directors.
Why Female Board Pool
Many European countries have either introduced, or are planning, legislation for more representation of women on boards. In all cases at least 30%, which is by far above the current European average of 17%. The European Commission have recently repeated their call to break the Glass Ceiling in European boardrooms, and are considering to legislate.
Indeed, significant research shows that gender equality on boards of directors not only optimises firm value. Countries with board quotas perform better economically. But progress is slow: the typical European corporate board with ten members counts only one woman among its members.
It is against this background that we promote women’s engagement at governance levels in both the public and private sectors, connecting them with companies and organisations in our community.
How you can help
If you would like to support Female Board Pool Belgium or receive information about starting a Female Board Pool in your own country, please contact us!