Progress on targets for women in top jobs is at a ‘snails pace’

Progress on targets for women in top jobs is at a ‘snails pace’

17th November 2015, Comments 0 comments

Women still fill just one in 10 top corporate jobs in the Netherlands, far below the government’s target of one in three.

Since January this year, there has been an official target of 30% women on the executive and supervisory boards of the country’s biggest employers. Companies which fail to reach the target are supposed to outline the reasons in their annual reports.

A new report from the government’s own corporate monitoring committee shows no stock exchange listed company met this target by September.

There has been some improvement since 2012, when monitoring began. By the end of 2014, some 14% of firms had 30% women on their executive boards and 18% met the target in terms of their supervisory boards.

However, there were no women at all on 75% of executive boards and 63% of non-executive boards, the report said.

Emancipation minister Jet Bussemaker described the results as ‘extremely disappointing’. Progress is being made at a ‘snails pace’, she said.

However, the improvements booked in the first half of this year are encouraging – 70% of new supervisory board appointees were female – so legislation anchoring the quotas in law will not yet be brought in, the minister said.



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