This project works to bring together 11 EU member states (Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom) to share their experiences and launch corresponding activities all over Europe. A similar activity „Paridad en Acción“ has already been launched recently in Spain.
Approximately 100 visits of Annual General Meetings (AGMs) will take place in the first half of 2015. It is foreseen to visit the AGMs of the EURO STOXX 50 index companies, and to ask the boards for detailed information through a questionnaire about women’s representation in leadership positions of the listed companies (Executive and/or Supervisory Board, but also the management positions below) as well as about the companies’ overall activities to promote women’s careers. The EURO STOXX 50 index includes the following eight EU countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Spain. In the selected EU member states which are not represented in the EURO STOXX 50 index (UK, Hungary, and Bulgaria), listed companies will be chosen out of national indices (i.e. for UK the FTSE 100 index, for Hungary the BUX index, for Bulgaria the SOFIX index). The visits of the AGMs in the selected member states will be prepared by workshops and toolkits and accompanied by a broad awareness raising campaign. Finland will serve as a project advisor through the Finland Chamber of Commerce, which will provide best practice examples on increasing women representation in management positions.