June 16, 2022 | Editor: Martin Wennerström
EU to impose gender quota for listed companies
The European Parliament and Council of the European Union have reached an agreement to impose gender quotas for the executive and non-executive boards of EU-listed companies. The proposed directive would require companies to have at least 40% female representation among non-executives and at least 33% female representation among non-executives and executives combined. In addition, the directive would require companies to have clear and transparent appointment procedures for both executives and non-executives. As with all EU directives, Member States will need to transpose its provisions into national law within two years. Possible enforcement mechanisms include the annulment of director appointments, fines, or publication of the names of non-compliant companies.
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