The ruling parties are calling for more women at the top of the company. In future, at least one out of three board members must be female.
BERLIN taz | It only works with penetrance. At least that is how you could understand the comment by Minister for Women and Family Affairs, Franziska Giffey, on the coalition resolution. “Penetrance creates acceptance,” said the SPD politician. Late on Friday evening, the Union and the SPD agreed on a binding quota for boards of listed companies that are subject to co-determination. Accordingly, at least one woman must be present on a board with more than three members. This means that in future – for the first time in Germany – the 30 percent rule will apply to this body – similar to that for supervisory boards. The statutory quota for women was already enforced for the supervisory boards in 2016.
The quota for board members has long been controversial, both within the business lobby and in the coalition. The CDU and CSU resisted vehemently. Now the coalition committee has been able to reach an agreement with the help of a specially set up working group. “We set an example for a sustainable, modern society,” explained Giffey: “We exploit all the potential of our country so that the best can be more successful in mixed teams. Because nothing is done voluntarily and we need guidelines to move forward. “
The heads of the coalition want to finally decide on the quota compromise next week, so that a cabinet decision can be made shortly. Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht sees the board quota as a “great success for women in Germany”. It offers “at the same time a great opportunity both for society and for companies themselves”.
It is mainly thanks to the two SPD ministers, Giffey and Lambrecht, that women now have greater access to top management. Basically, however, the quota, both for supervisory boards and for board members, is based on the commitment of lobby organizations such as FidAR (women on supervisory boards) and their president Monika Schulz-Strelow as well as the women’s network Business and Professional Women and their ex-boss Henrike von Platen. You fought for this form of equality for years.
Just under 13 percent women on the executive boards
The quota for board members is part of the so-called Management Positions Act, which the Bundestag passed in March 2015. It sets a 30 percent quota for women on supervisory and executive boards. The proportion of women on supervisory boards has risen sharply since the statutory requirement came into force. In the 100 largest companies in Germany According to the online statistics portal Statista, around a third of supervisory boards are now women.
On the other hand, things are different on the executive boards. There are currently only just under 13 percent The non-profit German-Swedish Allbrigt Foundation has found out about finding women. As a result of Corona, the proportion of women on the executive boards has even fallen by almost 2 percent this year. This is a German phenomenon, as Allbright managing director Wiebke Ankersen said. In other European countries there are more women at the top of the company than in previous years.