Women in management positions

Flexible quotas for a strong economy

The European Commission has proposed binding quotas to increase the proportion of women in management boards of large companies. GDV, however, is convinced that to strengthen the economy rigid quotas are not necessary.

A flexible, self-imposed quota is better suited to promoting women to leadership positions and take company and industry-specific needs and regulatory requirements into account. Thus, German insurance companies have already taken voluntary measures, which are successful (e.g. the DAX 30 initiative, but also beyond).

A person’s qualification – whether man or woman – must remain decisive criterion when it comes to senior management positions. Furthermore, the proposal of the European Commission would lead to a disproportionate bureaucracy due to company reporting requirements.

The GDV’s complete position paper is available in the download section.


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on the proposal of the EU Commission for a Directive on improving the gender balance