Legal News & Updates from Alexander McBurney Solicitors

The latest employment law news and updates from Alexander McBurney's employment solicitors in Glasgow.

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that has been used in the blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.
  • Team Blogs
    Team Blogs Find your favorite team blogs here.
  • Login

Increasing the Representation of Women on Boards

Posted by on in Discrimination at Work
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 30041
  • Subscribe to this entry
  • Print

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has recently published new guidance to advise companies, search firms and recruitment agencies about positive steps that can be taken to improve the representation of women on boards.

To help companies make full use of positive measures available under the Equality Act 2010, the guidance includes a range of steps that can be taken to improve gender representation on boards, such as:

  • Setting aspirational targets for increasing the number of women on boards within a particular timescale.
  • Targeting networking opportunities for women.
  • Providing mentoring and sponsor programmes, which assist in the development of female talent.

The guidance also makes clear that using women-only shortlists in order to increase gender representation on boards is unlawful under equality law.

The Commission has recently launched a GB-wide inquiry into the recruitment and appointment practices of the top 350 listed companies at board level. The Inquiry, to be chaired by EHRC Commissioner Laura Carstensen, will work closely with these companies to examine their recruitment and selection processes and the experience of applicants and decision makers. The aim is to identify recruitment practices which make a difference and deliver open, fair and merit based appointments.    

This inquiry builds on a previous Commission report, which found that the appointment of women to FTSE 350-listed non-executive director roles is being held back by selection processes which favour candidates with similar characteristics to existing, largely male, board members.

“Research suggests that companies with diverse boards produce better performance and many companies recognise this. Equality is for everyone, and it is clear that there is still much more to be done to ensure that women have an equal opportunity to succeed on merit in gaining board positions,” commented EHRC Commissioner, Laura Carstensen.

Contact our Solicitors

For specialist employment law advice, including advice on discrimination at work issues, please contact our solicitors today. Call us on 0141 576 4808 or fill in the enquiry form to the right of this page.


We have specialised for 10 years in providing employment law advice and representation at Employment Tribunals. We provide employment law advice both to employers and to employees.

Latest News

All blog entries from