There’s been a degree of press coverage of late around the suggestion, as put forward by Viviane Reading, who heads up equality and equal rights in her role as the European Union’s Fundamental Rights’ Commissioner, that European companies may soon be forced to implement a system of gender quotas at board level.
Predictably, the Confederation of British Industry have responded to this with horror, thus:
“… the best and most sustainable way to promote diversity in the boardroom is by selecting candidates from as wide a talent pool as possible, and by making appointments based on merit.”
Well, yes. This is true. But, given that this “best and most sustainable way” doesn’t seem to be happening of its own free will, how about a bit of a push?