Friday, 21 June 2013

UK: BIS Committee publishes 'Women in the workplace' report

The House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee published its report Women in the Workplace yesterday. The report is divided into three volumes: volume one contains the main report (see here and here, pdf); volume two contains oral and written evidence (see here and herepdf). volume three contains additional written evidence (see here and herepdf). Chapter seven of the report considers women in senior positions, including on company boards and in this regard the Committee concludes:

"While we support the voluntary approach of Lord Davies, we are concerned that the number of women appointed to FTSE 100 boards has decreased since December 2012. The Government has put on record its intention to take tougher measures, in the form of quotas, if the voluntary approach does not work. The Government needs to set out clear figures, and a timescale, to outline to businesses what will be done if those targets are not achieved."

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