Putting the pieces together - Follow-up meeting in Berlin

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(22.09.2014) On September 20th, 2014 the German Women Lawyers Association (djb) hosted a follow-up meeting for the national coordinators and project partners of the project "European Women Shareholders Demand Gender Equality" (EWSDGE). The meeting took place in Berlin, where the djb has its headquarters. It was held for those who could not attend the initial meeting on July 19th, 2014 in Brussels.

The legal basis of attending and speaking at an annual general meeting (AGM) was a very important topic as it had been in the meeting in Brussels.

In detail, the discussion focused on the CSR directive (COM(2013)207) and its implementation in the respective member states. The purpose of the directive is to increase relevance, consistency and comparability of non-financial information published by undertakings across the European Union. For the objective of the EWSDGE project – to develop public awareness, strategies and measurements for more women in economic decision-making positions – it will be a useful instrument to create transparency. The companies should collect and publish data regarding the proportion of women in the workforce and at the different management levels below the executive board in the management review. Only when we know the exact numbers, figures and facts, we know where we stand and what has to be improved.

Accordingly, at the end of November 2014 national coordinators will receive accurate statistics on women representation at the management levels in their respective countries. These statistics are going to be provided by the Finland Chamber of Commerce, project partner and host of the “train the trainers” workshop, which takes place on October, 9th and 10th, 2014 in Helsinki.

Furthermore, through the participation of our project partner University Magdeburg Stendal at the meeting, information was given about the planned awareness raising campaign. The campaign will include seminars at the university as well as interviews with national coordinators and speakers at AGMs. A film is planned. The output will be released together with the EWSDGE project recommendations in spring 2016.

As project coordinator, the djb has experience in raising shares from its 2009 to 2013 project in Germany (Aktionärinnen fordern Gleichberechtigung). The djb will provide further support and advice in order to raise the shares necessary to make the visits of AGMs in 2015 possible.

Such an European project, which includes 12 participating countries, relies on the experience and advice from the numerous project partners but also on our national coordinators. Again, the meeting in Berlin showed how important it is to gather the input from all the participating countries in order to strengthen the implementation of the project.