With the European Commission consulting on introducing legislative measures to increase the number of women on company boards, the House of Lords EU Sub Committee on Internal Market, Infrastructure and Employment has launched an inquiry into “Gender balance in the boardroom – is there a role for the EU?“
The House of Lords inquiry will consider:
- “Is gender imbalance on company boards an EU issue, or should it be a matter for national governments?
- What is the case for gender diversity on boards? Does it bring economic benefits, does it benefit corporate culture, or is it simply the right thing to do?
- Are quotas the only option? What other measures could the EU employ?
- Can or should gender diversity be incentivised?
- What are the positive and negative effects of legislative quotas?
- What impact have quotas had elsewhere in Europe?
- What does success look like in this area?”
The inquiry call for evidence is here. The deadline for submitting written evidence is Tuesday 10 July.