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Schröder prepares gender quota

The Local · 15 Oct 2011, 11:46

Published: 15 Oct 2011 11:46 GMT+02:00

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"The flexi-quota, as I envision it for executive boards, allows companies full decision-making and structuring power with the loosest possible legal obligation," Schröder told financial weekly Wirtschaftswoche this weekend.

Schröder is determined to initiate the law's progress through parliament this year, despite opposition from the government's coalition partner the Free Democratic Party (FDP).

"A legal gender quota is not our thing," FDP leader and Economics Minister Philipp Rösler told the magazine. "Every company can already say voluntarily what quota they want to reach, and how they want to be measured."

The government is holding a meeting with the chief personnel officers of the 30 DAX-listed companies on Monday to discuss how more women could be brought into leading positions.

In March, company managers promised to create individual targets to put more women into executive boards. Schröder said, "I expect there won't be a single single-figure quota on the list of individual self-made targets that the companies present to me."

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Your comments about this article

13:52 October 15, 2011 by wenddiver
Does the Company have the option of writing none of your Damned business Government loser on the form and sending it back wrapped in a gift from the owner's dog? If so that's what I would go with.
14:48 October 15, 2011 by Deutschguy
It's about time. These German old heads have to be brought kicking and screaming into the 20th Century. It's now the 21st.

Open up the Good Ol' Boys network to truly qualified people, instead of your drinking buddies and the ne'er do well relative.
14:53 October 15, 2011 by DOZ
Thank God it's hunting season. Or have the Femi's banned that in Germany as well.
15:52 October 15, 2011 by Al uk
More PC madness.
17:16 October 15, 2011 by catjones
Iron my shirt.
19:13 October 15, 2011 by wxman
You have a Family Minister? Sounds like the Nazis.
20:36 October 15, 2011 by Englishted
Is this comment section for the tea party free weekenders ?.
09:46 October 16, 2011 by kiaat
If they truly wanted progressive action in companies then they would change the school hours. You can not have a child and still have two working parents as one of them always needs to leave early. Asking for a quota will only pressure more women into not having kids (Germany is already birth-dearth country) as you can not combine corporate life with family life... someone always has to stay home to mind the baby.

@Englishted - I think that many people that use this forum are in fact US americans living in the USA and have had a tie to Germany thru migrate grandparents that left for the USA many decades ago, i.e economic immigrants (much like the Mexicans they want to ban from USA). They feel involved enough to throw disparaging comments this way, but have never lived here and probably do not even speak German. To you haters - if you want to trash this country and the policies at least live here! I do....
07:44 October 17, 2011 by MichaelMolenaar
Where are we going?
13:59 October 17, 2011 by LecteurX
@ Kiaat - well said. It's such a drag to always have this comment section flooded with the brainwaves from Americans whose only claims to "Germanness" are some obscure ancestor who left Europe at the time of the Kaiser, and having been to Oktoberfest and Neuschwanstein once in their lives...

@ wxman - Yes, and they STILL speak German in Germany, you know, Hitler's language! Congrats on reaching the Godwin point after 6 comments on an article related to women in the workplace... is that a new World Record? And then, anything meaningful to say on the topic itself?
19:28 October 17, 2011 by Illogicbuster
Ah yes. Totalitarianism at its finest. Germany has maybe, 20 years left before total collapse.
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