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.