Gender balance on corporate boards > Europe is cracking the glass ceiling

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European Commission actions to promote gender balance on the boards of listed companies in the European Union

Although today 60% of new university graduates are female, women are outnumbered by men in leadership positions in the corporate sector in the EU. On average, a mere 17.8% of board members of the largest publicly listed companies in the EU are women. The issue has been the focus of intense public debate initiated by Vice-President Viviane Reding. Indeed, not taking advantage of the skills of highly qualified women constitutes a waste of talent and a loss of economic growth potential. Various studies suggest that companies with a higher representation of women at the most senior levels deliver better organisational and financial performance.

This fact sheet summarises European activities and their impacts, giving an overview of the statistics in the EU.

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