EU agrees on approach to gender equality directive

An EU directive aiming to put concrete target figures on corporate boards in order to fight gender inequality is one step closer to becoming reality.

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On Monday, employment and social affairs ministers from the EU adopted a general approach for how to legislate on the gender balance of company boards.

The directive aims to put quantitative figures on the gender balance of corporate boards, providing companies with a goal that must be reached by 2027. Under the proposal, EU firms must take steps to ensure that 40 percent of non-executive director positions are filled by women before then, or 33 percent ”if all board members are included,” a press release from the European Council states.

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