The German corporate governance code includes a recommendation as to diversity on corporate boards. Two draft bills on gender quotas are currently under way in legislative proceedings. However, the ruling coalition rejects those, advocating a flexible quota. The present study provides an overview on legislative proposals currently presented and on academic scholarship on the issue. Legal obstacles to the introduction of a fix quota under German law are discussed and the soft version of flexible quotas is advocated.
German constitutional law German corporate governance codex gender equality