India women's quota: Germany is at the bottom

01:20  29 may  2020
01:20  29 may  2020 Source:   spiegel.de

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At the bottom of the ladder, with less than a quarter of female executives, are Germany , Italy and Cyprus. That leads us to the question: why is the Our reader Me is critical of women ’ s quota . She writes about her experiences in the IT sector in Northern Europe and believes that she understands

Germany has the weakest requirements in Europe for the women's quota, shows a union-related study. However, there are 21 countries that have no binding requirements at all.

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Germany has the weakest legal rules for more women in management positions: Among the ten European countries that have a legally binding gender quota for large companies, the Federal Republic comes in last place, as from a study by the Institute for Co-determination and corporate governance (IMU) of the union-related Hans Böckler Foundation emerges. However, there are 21 European countries that do not pursue this goal or have only legally non-binding recommendations.

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For the study, the researchers evaluated for the 27 EU countries as well as Great Britain, Norway, Iceland and Turkey whether there are binding rules for a more balanced gender ratio on the executive floors of companies and how strong these are. Eight Eastern European EU members as well as Cyprus and Malta therefore do not pursue this goal at the political level. Eleven others leave it with legally non-binding recommendations, including Turkey, Romania, Poland, Great Britain, Greece, Sweden, Ireland or Denmark.

Only 107 German companies affected by the quota for women

Germany belongs to another ten countries that have legally binding quotas for more gender equality at the top of the company. Norway has the most effective regulation here - measured against an index that takes into account in which part of the corporate landscape and in which committees the quota applies.

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Follow in the ranks behind, sometimes at a considerable distance, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, France, Iceland, Austria and the Netherlands. Germany comes in tenth and last place.

In the Federal Republic, a binding quota of 30 percent has been in place for supervisory boards of companies that are subject to participation, but which must also be listed on the stock exchange. According to the Böckler Foundation, the quota currently only affects 107 companies.

If Germany extends the quota obligation to all listed and state-controlled companies, the number could be increased to about a thousand, the analysis says. If all private corporations were included, this would include several thousand companies.

quota also for board members?

Germany can also open up further in a European comparison if the quota applies not only to supervisory boards, but also to the appointment of board members. Stricter sanctions for companies that disregard the quota would also have a positive effect.

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The new quota will apply to all listed companies and those with a works council. Companies unable to appoint women to at least 30 per cent of open board But Germany and other EU countries resisted, arguing that rules should be set at the national level. Norway, which is not an EU member, imposed a

The Deputy Chairwoman of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB), Elke Hannack, criticized the German guidelines as "too soft, too non-binding, too little mandatory shameful last place. "

In order for women to have equal opportunities for top jobs, the gender quota had to be "significantly expanded", she said. The DGB expressly welcomes the fact that the Federal Government wants to act here and is counting on a quick parliamentary procedure.

board members: "still pure male clubs"

"We need a fixed quota for unlisted companies and their boardrooms," Hannack said. "Only with crystal-clear legal requirements can we make progress like other countries do." Only liability is effective. "A glance at the current situation shows that the proportion of women on supervisory boards, which has a 30 percent quota, has been reached. 90 percent of board members are still purely male clubs."

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