Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/214211
Authors: 
Kirsch, Anja
Wrohlich, Katharina
Year of Publication: 
2020
Citation: 
[Journal:] DIW Weekly Report [ISSN:] 2568-7697 [Volume:] 10 [Year:] 2020 [Issue:] 4/5 [Pages:] 32-42
Abstract: 
The share of women on executive boards of large companies in Germany has increased somewhat more strongly than in previous years. The top 200 companies reached the ten percent mark for the first time: women held 14 more board positions than in the previous year, 94 out of 907. Growth was also somewhat more dynamic on the executive boards of the largest listed companies and companies with government- owned shares as well as those of banks and insurance companies. Nevertheless, this does not mean that a serious rethinking of policies and practices has begun at the upper management levels. Upon closer inspection, growth in the proportion of women managers, especially when observed over a longer period of time, is progressing only in small steps. Furthermore, the proportion of women on supervisory boards has increased at a slower pace than in previous years, and has even decreased in banks and insurance companies. Societal and political pressure to appoint more women to management positions could soon intensify. Companies should urgently increase their efforts to work towards gender parity-for their own benefit, and taking into consideration their need for highskilled workers in the future.
Subjects: 
corporate boards
board composition
boards of directors
board diversity
Europe
women directors
gender equality
gender quota
Germany
management
private companies
public companies
supervisory boards
executive boards
CEOs
women
finance industry
financial sector
private and public banks
insurance companies
JEL: 
D22
J16
J59
J78
L21
L32
M14
M51
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Document Type: 
Article

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