Gender Quotas for Company Boards
Gender quotas for company boards are becoming a totemic issue of gender diversity policy in today's labor market. Throughout the Western world, many countries are experimenting with compulsory gender diversity measures for board rooms. The EU, as a whole, is considering to make such quotas obligatory. This book analyzes the EU proposal and brings together the experiences of countries that have, to various degrees, taken the road towards formalizing gender balance in the board room. It offers a critical context to these evolutions by testing the presumptions of the quotas drive on two key fronts: their relation to corporate governance and their compatibility with non-discrimination law. As the gender composition of company boards is gaining widespread attention, the book offers a timely analysis, as well as useful perspectives, that will inform both proponents and opponents. Blending disciplines, as well as countries, the book will appeal to anyone with a professional interest in the topic, in particular lawyers, management consultants, and policy makers.
Publication Date: 3/31/2014