When we look at what has been achieved in the past decades in the field of gender equality, some significant positive steps have been taken. In many cases, without common European actions and frameworks, progress in gender equality would have come later or even not at all. However, there is still a lot to be done.
Therefore this project supports in a practical manner the efforts of the European Commission to reach adequate female representation in decision-making positions in the private sector. The European Commission has adopted the women-on-board proposal (COM(2012) 614, 14.11.2012) that has the goal of reaching a 40 percent threshold of women among non-executive directors/ Supervisory Board members by 2020 for private listed companies.
We are also looking forward to accompany the implementation of the Directive 2014/95/EU on disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by large companies and groups. From 2017 on the annual reporting has to include social and employee-related aspects, respect for human rights and diversity on boards of directors, taking into account current best practice, international developments and related EU initiatives. It will significantly improve the transparency of EU’s largest companies. If a company fails to pursue policies relating to matters as age, gender, educational and professional background of the management level, it will have to explain why this is the case (comply or explain principle).
We are active and committed European women and we matter for Europe. We want fairness and justice at all levels. We demand gender equality. To that end, we push the legislators at national and European levels not to be faint-hearted, but to be ambitious and act accordingly.