In Slovenia, the GEMA campaign on gender balance in decision-making was being implemented between December 2015 and August 2016, namely among companies’ and social partners’ representatives on national and international levels, as well as among other relevant stakeholders. Participants from more than 40 companies and more than 10 social partner organisations received GEMA materials and were acquainted with GEMA research and key findings on how and why gender balance in economic decision-making can add value to organisation. Meetings were held with representatives of different national and international institutions (such as Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Science, The Managers’ Association of Slovenia, University of Wolverhampton Brussels, BUSINESSEUROPE, European Parliament) and information on project findings exchanged.
During the meetings, workshops and presentations among different stakeholders the following were identified:
- according to companies’ experiences gender diverse boards are more efficient, because the needs and expectations of both male and female stakeholders in the organisation are taken into account and thus more comprehensive decisions are taken;
- while some companies are aware of the importance of advantages of gender balanced boards and top management teams, the majority still lacks awareness on this topic or faces the challenge on how to implement adequate measures in practice;
- activities for awareness raising will affect corporate governance and appointment to the board and will encourage women to apply for management positions;
- the creation and use of social networks, mentorship and recruitment methods and processes (focused on talent management) is needed as well.