Britain reported to have tried to block quotas

Britain reported to have tried to block quotas

Britain and eight other countries are reported to have signed a letter stating their opposition to the imposition of a 40 per cent quota for women on the boards of Europe's listed companies.

According to EU diplomatic documents cited by People Management, the UK and eight other countries have sent a letter to the European Commission’s president Jose Manuel Barroso and his deputy Viviane Reding, stating their view and arguing that, although gender equality in senior management needs to be addressed, this is already being dealt with on an individual country basis.

Some 17.3 per cent of UK board members of FTSE 100 companies are women, a significant rise since Lord Davies suggested a 25% target by 2015.

The EU is currently considering plans to impose a quota.

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