RESCHEDULED: PWN Global Webinar with Clifford Chance: Gender Balance on Corporate Boards - Targets for Equal Representation across Europe

20 March 2023 13:00 CET - 14:00 CET WEBINAR

After a 10-year stalemate the European Institutions (Commission, Council and Parliament) have reached political agreement on the draft legislation to ensure gender parity on the boards of publicly listed companies in the EU; the so called 'Women on Boards Directive'.

Under this agreement, in-scope companies will be required to achieve a target of 40% of non-executive director posts to be allocated to the under-represented sex by 30 June 2026 ('40% Target'). The draft Directive provides for  penalties to be implemented in the event of non-compliance.

You are invited to join our webinar during which a member of the European Commission Cabinet and a panel of experts will discuss the draft legislation, examine how companies and governments will look at implementation, and consider the impact on companies and their culture and strategies, as well as the wider social impact. 

Key topics:

  • What will this mean for professional women (members of PWN Global)?
  • How will the new directive requirements interact with existing local guidelines or rules?
  • What are the potential impacts of targets on the culture of firms and on their inclusion and diversity strategies?
  • How will the legislation be enforced in practice (penalties, fines, annulments by judicial bodies) and when might enforcement be instigated?
  • What is the future for gender parity – will the legislation improve the gender balance in companies more broadly?
  • What can companies be doing now to prepare for this and similar global initiatives?



About Clifford Chance

At Clifford Chance, inclusion is a core value of our firm and of the law itself. 

It is rooted in the oldest traditions of the law’s commitment to equal status and standing for all people. It is also a business imperative to provide the best and most innovative solutions for our clients, and we need teams that draw on a diversity of thought and experience. 

Our history as a firm has been anchored in innovative and diverse cultures and approaches which have both disrupted traditional attitudes and set global standards. We believe that to help achieve these values we have to be champions of, and campaigners for them across our firm, with our clients, and in the world. We are proud to be a majority female firm but we know we must work to ensure that this is reflected at all levels of our business.

Click here to read more about our Inclusion and Diversity strategy or here for more information about the legal and broader ESG services which we offer clients.


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  • Mr Floris van de Bult
    Co-Head of Global Employment Practice Clifford Chance, Amsterdam VIEW PROFILE
  • Ms Clarisse Derre
    Head of Governance Matters Airbus
  • Mr David Kerr
    Member of Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner for Equality Helena DALLI VIEW PROFILE
  • Ms Susannah Haan
    EU / ESG Adviser PWN Global VIEW PROFILE

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