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Gender diversity in corporate boards : towards a monitoring of the law of Copé-Zimmermann

Marlène Schiappa responded favourably to the request of the collective 2GAP, on a control of the application of the law on quotas in boards of directors. Launc

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Gender diversity in corporate boards : towards a monitoring of the law of Copé-Zimmermann

Marlène Schiappa responded favourably to the request of the collective 2GAP, on a control of the application of the law on quotas in boards of directors.

Launched on march 4, just before the containment, in the perspective of the forum, Generation Equality, the collective 2GAP has just won a first victory. At the end of a meeting in videoconference with Marlène Schiappa, a group of 34 women's networks and mixed committed to equality between women and men, received the commitment of the secretary of State that it would soon put in place a barometer for the monitoring of the correct application of the law Copé-Zimmermann.

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The collective 2GAP (for "Gender and Governance Action Platform") campaigns in order to"accelerate the effective participation of women in decision-making, whether in the economic world, or in that of public institutions." Its originality ? It brings together networks from both the private and public sector. "Our desire is to open up the action in favour of women," says Claire Poirson, member of the French Association of women lawyers. The advantage of the public sector lies in its ability to speak to the political ; the private sector is his strike force and his knowledge of the economic field. By combining the two we démultiplions our impact."

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"A world in which we no longer want"

After several months of work, the 34 networks founders (among which modern Administration, Women Engineers, Women business leaders, Business Professional Women, Circle InterElles, Financi'they, Grandes Ecoles au féminin, SNCF au féminin, etc) have given birth to the French branch of the group. Because the idea is to create a global movement, with branches in different countries.

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The containment due to the health crisis, and the report in 2021, the Forum Generation Equality, which was to be held in July in Paris, have not stopped this beautiful momentum. On the contrary. The collective has worked with, and mounted a desk, worked on a charter, a manifesto. His first strong action was an open letter to the President Macron published in early June in the daily newspaper Ouest-France. Titled "women want the power to decide", the text called for the inclusion of women in rebuilding post-Covid 19 by denouncing their obvious absence in the reflections and decisions taken : "there is no mistake or coincidence in the quasi-absence of women in the debates and publications proposing to tell the world of the after, as in the national committees of experts to control the current crisis and to think his future. What are the symptoms of a world in which we no longer want to", write the signatories.

concrete proposals

For the collective 2GAP, the challenge is clear : to make the sharing of governance between men and women a major issue. Bingo ! "As A result of this letter, Marlène Schiappa we were contacted and offered an appointment," says Claire Poirson. The representatives of the forty networks already federated within 2GAP, therefore, have exchanged Tuesday, June 16, with the secretary of State in charge of equality between women and men : they were able to present themselves and formulate their ideas. For example, strengthen the mechanism of quotas on all the jobs of directions and executive officers, in the public as in the private sector, the introduction of binding measures to achieve holding the joint.

Or even control the application of the laws and mechanisms that already exist, in particular to ensure a monitoring of the law of Copé-Zimmermann. What Marlène Schiappa has, therefore, responded favourably : a barometer will shortly be established to regularly publish the results of the application of this law, which imposes from 2017, a 40% quota of women on the boards of directors of listed companies.

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But 2GAP does not stop there. The collective will send in the coming days, the secretary of State a whole series of detailed proposals. Among these are : the extension in a quick time of the act Copé-Zimmermann to non-listed companies, the establishment of quotas in the executive committees, the application of the index equal to the public sector, and its publication at the same time as the private, each march 1st, the extension of the paternity leave. Rendez-vous is already taken in September to the department for a new work session. With a constant concern : advancing together the public and private sectors towards a better consideration of the equal representation of women and men.

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