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Organisations covered:

  • The companies covered are the largest publicly listed companies in each country. Publicly listed means that the shares of the company are traded on the stock exchange. The "largest" companies are taken to be the members (max.50) of the primary blue-chip index, which is an index maintained by the stock exchange covering the largest companies by market capitalisation and/or market trades. Only companies which are registered in the country concerned (according to the ISIN code) are counted. Therefore, the number of companies covered by the data (which is shown in the table of data) may be lower than the number of constituents in the relevant blue-chip index. See mapping tablepdf(15 kB) for a list of the blue-chip indices used as the basis for the sample of companies covered in each country, and the number of constituents in each index.

Positions covered:

  • President: Chairperson of the highest decision-making body in each company. The highest decision-making body is usually termed the supervisory board (in case of a two-tier governance system) or the board of directors (in a unitary system).
  • Members: Data cover all members of the highest decision-making body in each company (i.e. chairperson, non-executive directors, senior executives and employee representatives, where present). The highest decision-making body is usually termed the supervisory board (in case of a two-tier governance system) or the board of directors (in a unitary system)

Main sources of data:

  • Company websites
  • Stock-exchange websites
  • Company annual reports

Periodicity of data collection:

Biannual (from 2012, annual for 2003-2011)

The latest data and all existing historical data:

Data in Excel format excel8book(367 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Board members

  Number of Companies President Members
  Covered With data Women
(%)
Men
(%)
Women
(%)
Men
(%)
EU-28 610 610 5 95 18 82
             
Belgium 18 18 0 100 17 83
Bulgaria 15 15 13 87 17 83
Czech Republic 11 11 20 80 11 89
Denmark 18 18 0 100 23 77
Germany 30 30 3 97 21 79
Estonia 16 16 0 100 7 93
Ireland 19 19 0 100 11 89
Greece 24 24 0 100 8 92
Spain 33 33 6 94 15 85
France 35 35 9 91 30 70
Croatia 23 23 9 91 15 85
Italy 37 37 0 100 15 85
Cyprus 20 20 5 95 7 93
Latvia 31 31 16 84 29 71
Lithuania 25 25 8 92 16 84
Luxembourg 10 10 0 100 11 89
Hungary 13 13 0 100 11 89
Malta 20 20 0 100 2 98
The Netherlands 21 21 0 100 25 75
Austria 20 20 0 100 13 87
Poland 19 19 16 84 12 88
Portugal 18 18 0 100 9 91
Romania 10 10 0 100 8 92
Slovenia 20 20 5 95 22 78
Slovakia 10 10 30 70 24 76
Finland 23 23 4 96 30 70
Sweden 26 26 4 96 26 74
United Kingdom 45 45 0 100 21 79
             
Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of 10 10 30 70 17 83
Turkey 50 50 10 90 8 92
Republic of Serbia 14 14 21 79 17 83
Iceland 10 10 20 80 48 52
             
Liechtenstein - - - - - -
Norway 20 20 15 85 42 58
             
All countries 714 714 6 94 18 82
- = not applicable, : = not available
Data collected between 11/10/2013-31/10/2013

Board members (Employee representatives)

  Number of Companies Employee representatives
  Covered With data Women
(%)
Men
(%)
EU-28 610 610 26 74
         
Belgium 18 18 : :
Bulgaria 15 15 : :
Czech Republic 11 11 13 87
Denmark 18 18 31 69
Germany 30 30 26 74
Estonia 16 16 : :
Ireland 19 19 : :
Greece 24 24 0 100
Spain 33 33 : :
France 35 35 53 47
Croatia 23 23 0 100
Italy 37 37 : :
Cyprus 20 20 : :
Latvia 31 31 : :
Lithuania 25 25 : :
Luxembourg 10 10 : :
Hungary 13 13 30 70
Malta 20 20 : :
The Netherlands 21 21 : :
Austria 20 20 16 84
Poland 19 19 0 100
Portugal 18 18 : :
Romania 10 10 : :
Slovenia 20 20 24 76
Slovakia 10 10 21 79
Finland 23 23 : :
Sweden 26 26 26 74
United Kingdom 45 45 : :
         
Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of 10 10 : :
Turkey 50 50 : :
Republic of Serbia 14 14 : :
Iceland 10 10 : :
         
Liechtenstein - - - -
Norway 20 20 42 58
         
All countries 714 714 27 73
- = not applicable, : = not available
Data collected between 11/10/2013-31/10/2013