Employers and employees that action must be taken to get more women in top positions. From 2020 there must be a mandatory quota for companies, write the Socio-Economic Council (SER) and the Committee on Monitoring Target Management Act Act (WBT) on Thursday evening.

Businesses should also offer more opportunities to people with a non-Western migration background, the report said.

The reason for this advice is figures from the latest company monitor, which shows that on average one in eight managers of large companies are women. For supervisory directors, this percentage is 18.4 percent, where it is hoped for 30 percentage points.

Half of all companies said nothing about the diversity of its employees in its annual report, although this is a legal requirement.

The SER advises the government to make the 30 percent target, which proved fruitless in recent years, a mandatory quota for companies. If a listed company does not currently meet this requirement, then a woman must be appointed at the next position to be released.

If no suitable female candidate can be found, the position will not be filled. Such an approach would work well in countries like Germany, according to the SER.

Radical trend break needed

A second quota would be necessary to get more female drivers into Dutch business. Next year, 20 percent of all drivers should be women, after which the quota gradually increases to 30 percent in 2025. SER chair Mari?tte Hamer wants to break the pattern of "networks" with the quota.

Chairman Hans de Boer of employers' organization VNO-NCW supports the proposals of the SER. He calls it a "weakness", but believes that a "radical trend break" is needed. According to him, talent should be central and not the cultural origin or gender of a person. The business community previously opposed a mandatory quota.

5,000 largest companies receive 'transparency obligation'

The SER wants to oblige the five thousand largest companies in the Netherlands to draw up plans in which they make clear how they will appoint more women and people with a non-Western migration background for high positions. This 'transparency obligation' must help to achieve the quota.

Earlier this year, Minister of Education, Culture and Science Ingrid van Engelshoven told Het Financieele Dagblad ( FD ) that she would not shy away from "hard measures" because she wants to make progress this year. Her party D66 already expressed her preference for a "temporary women's quota" last week.


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