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Women on the Board Pledge for Europe

"I want to send a clear message to corporate Europe: women mean business"

Viviane Reding, EU Justice Commissioner


Companies across Europe are picking up this message and deciding for themselves how to improve the gender balance, recruit more female talent and benefit from a potential source of sustainable growth.

In 2010, women on average made up 12% of board members in the biggest publicly-listed companies across the EU. Only 3% were board chairs.

How will your company increase the number of women in top positions? Sign the pledge and send it to the address at the bottom of the form.


The Women on the Board Pledge for Europe pdf - 81 KB [81 KB] български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) italiano (it) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)


See who has signed the pledge so far (last updated 21/02/2012)


Press release (1 March 2011) on the Vice President's challenge to business leaders - Read the 'Call to Action' pdf - 108 KB [108 KB] -
Co-Authors of the call for action pdf - 38 KB [38 KB]


Vice-President Reding recently complemented her initiative to obtain more gender balance in European boardrooms by joining together with Europe’s leading business schools and female leaders on Corporate Boards to support their launch of a “Call to Action” to shatter the glass ceilings which impede senior women executives from acceding to corporate boardroom seats throughout Europe.

"Business schools hold the key to helping to increase the number of female leaders – they are the ones who can make women "boardable". I am encouraged by the example they are setting with their Call to Action as it shows that the education sector is strongly committed to the challenge of bringing more women to the very top. I strongly support this effort and I will now look to Europe's Corporate Chairs to fulfil their responsibilities," said the Vice-President.

The European Business Schools launch Women on Board Initiative and present 3500 'boardable women', 7 March 2012

Vice-President Reding's latest speech on women on boards at the German Confederation of Industries