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Norway, Quotas, + Progress On UK Boards

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Do we need to pay more attention to Norway ?


The first to introduce quotas for female board members in 2003, the country is now considering extending the 40% quota for plcs to include unlisted companies under possible legislation next year. You can read all about it in today's FTfm, or if you have access, here at FT.com.


Norway has set an example...

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A British Compromise On Quotas And A Party

Posted on July 7, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Three W00ts for Diana Wallis. She's the British Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament who has come up with a compromise on quotas for women on boards of plcs in the European Union. Her idea is that you impose quotas for a limited period of time, and then momentum kicks in.


I think this is a brilliant solution and one that could win the argument. The European parliament has now called for EU- wide legislation to ensure that supervisory boards consist of at least ...

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After The Rallying Cries

Posted on February 22, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Forty-eight hours to go before the launch of the Davies Review and the debate is finally taking off. Elly Woolston writes to the editor of the FT today and urges women : "It's time to increase the stats on our own and aim for more management roles. If your boat doesn't come in then damn well swim out to it."


She forgot to mention to make sure you have arm-bands on ...

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The Drip-Feed Of Leaks

Posted on February 20, 2011 at 7:55 PM


The Davies Review calls for more women on boards. Shock. Cue for the Sunday newspapers to go heavy with the jargon, so lots of talk of "glass ceilings", "work-life balance" and even "BlackBerry Woman."


For a story which has been leaked in time for the 'splash' in the Sundays, it 's a bit low on new content. 


The FT reveals that the rev...

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The countdown begins

Posted on February 7, 2011 at 2:08 PM

The tension is palpable. Lord Davies of Abseroch is soon to report on what is to be done about increasing the number of women on the boards of listed companies in the UK. When it asked the former trade minister to undertake the review six months ago, the coalition government said it was "leading by example" Its aim was "to place women in at least half of all open board- level roles by the end of the Parliament."


More than 2,500 submissions have been received. There has been ...

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