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EWSDGE will be attending the British Land AGM today

21.07.2015) EWSDGE will be attending the British Land AGM today. According to the Davies Review 2015, British Land is currently in 97th place of the FTSE 100 companies with regard to female representation on their Board, although its Annual Report reveals two new female appointments very recently. It has three female Board members out of 10, including the Finance Officer. EWSDGE congratulates British Land for reaching 75-25 representation on its Board and wants to know what is it doing next to make sure more women will join the Board – now.

Professor Jones will ask the Chair of British Land:

  1. Looking beyond your words in the Annual Report, can you elaborate on concrete and imminent plans for increasing executive posts (both executive and non-executive Board members) and how these posts will be incorporated into any actionable targets; and
  2. What is being done for women to meet your ‘merit’ test and to progress women up the pipeline (in the equality/diversity sense) to ensure there are individuals ready and appointable at all levels of management, especially senior levels? For example, the use of specialist recruitment firms that search out women with specialist knowledge of the industry, particular ethnic background, or special training within the company fast-tracking women for higher management roles.
  3. How are women nurtured and networked to attain the highest Board positions in your company?
  4. With the schemes in place, why are there not more women on your Board?

BACKGROUND

Initiated by the German Women Lawyers Association (djb), the project “European Women Shareholders Demand Gender Equality” was awarded a grant in 2014 by the European Commission (together with 16 other European projects) under the PROGRESS program. It is co-funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ), the Ministry for Justice and Equality of Saxony-Anhalt and the Finland Chamber of Commerce.

The project partners include, along with the djb, the four women lawyers organizations, European Women Lawyers Association (EWLA), EWLA Bulgaria, Association Française des femmes juristes, (AFFJ), Hungarian Women (Advocate) Lawyers Association, the Finland Chamber of Commerce and the University of West of England. The Ministry for Justice and Gender Equality of Saxony-Anhalt is hosting the closure event and the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences is responsible for evaluation.

The project connects with the German project “Women shareholders demand equality – Increase the number of women in management positions, especially on Supervisory Boards of German listed companies”, funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) and continues throughout Europe. In the course of the German project from 2009 to 2013 djb members as well as other shareholders have attended 300 annual general meetings of listed companies exercising their information right. The answers from the Supervisory and Executive boards to all questions on women in management position in the companies have been analysed and published in four studies.

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