The European Women’s Lobby and PwC
organised a joint conference on
'Changing the Game: Gender Equality in Business’
21 October 2015,
Hosted by Catherine Bearder, MEP
11.45 - 13.30pm followed by sandwich lunch
European Parliament (Brussels), PHS building, room P5 B001
Although the issue of gender diversity in business is not new it has received much more focus over the past few years with a number of initiatives proposed by the European Commission.
In September 2010 the European Commission adopted its Strategy for Equality between Women and Men (2010-2015) and announced that it was considering using “targeted initiatives to get more women into top jobs in decision-making”. The first steps towards action were taken on 1 March 2011 when Viviane Reding, then the EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, launched the “Women on the Board Pledge for Europe”.
But what has happened since the publication of that pledge? In pursuit of a better balance of women and men on company boards the Commission set a target for 2020 of having at least 40% representation from each gender as non-executive directors and in its 2014 report on equality between women and men the European Commission found that gender equality still remains very much an “unfinished business”.
‘The Women on Boards’ Directive, which is expected to be adopted by early 2016, is a step, however, to the Commission reaching its ‘target’.
Are quotas a starting point? What initiatives are necessary to increase women leaders in business?
A panel of experts will consider these issues and discuss possible steps that the EU, national policy makers, as well as businesses could take to ensure that the EU meets its gender diversity targets for 2020.
10.45h registrations (at the accreditation center of the EP)
11.45h Welcome speech by Catherine Bearder MEP
12.00h Roundtable moderated by Joanna Maycock (Secretary General EWL)
· Daniela Bankier, Head of Gender Equality Unit, European Commission
· Representative of Business & Professional Women Europe (BPWE)
Sarah Haslam, Product Development Team at Ford Motor Group
Gillian Lord, Partner for Regulatory Affairs, PwC
13.00h Key note speech Sirpa Pietikainen MEP
13.15h Concluding remarks Catherine Bearder MEP
13.30h Sandwich lunch