On November 11th , seventy four male top executives signed their names to a full page advertisement in the Dutch financial newspaper. The ad is a call for more women to be appointed to boardroom positions in Dutch businesses, specifically in the distressed financial institutions.
This follows on a first advertisement four weeks ago, in which more than 30 Dutch women top executives summoned the Wouter Bos, the Secretary of the Treasury, to include women in the process of reforming the financial sector.
This second summons by men makes mention of the fact that women in both executive and non-executive positions contribute to the balanced view in boardrooms and have a positive influence on the culture and the management of organisations. The summons is intended to ensure that women are included in the new boards that will run the financial sector companies. The underlying reasoning is that the current crisis calls for ‘the best teams we have’ and that these teams should be comprised of both men and women.
(Information from Woman Capital)
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