Equality between men and women is one of the founding principles and values of the European Union. Yet, women continue to be under-represented in boards and top management teams of companies. This gender imbalance in the highest decision-making teams in companies is not only a social but also an economic concern. Data we collected in this project show that improving gender balance in boards and top management teams improves board dynamics and leads to better governance, strengthens stakeholder relations and CSR, and ultimately reflects in improved company performance. Promoting gender balance is therefore as much a matter for competitiveness of companies as it is for social justice.
During GEMA project we have developed knowledge transfer activities that equip organisations to set up or adopt effective policies, strategies and services for gender-balanced boards. Thus, you are warmly invited to become part of GEMA network to facilitate collaboration, be a joined-up voice in this field and assist in the further sharing, development and enhancement of knowledge and expertise.
You are welcome to subscribe to the FREE Voluntary code of conduct to secure a gender-equal approach to your management team and on boards and use the GEMA label on your webpage/social profiles, signalling to other companies that you are a gender-equality friendly company. The EU has financed the project thus your membership is FREE of charge.
Please find the documents below:
GEMA Voluntary Code of Conduct