ASR Nederland NV : a.s.r. shows the most progress in Europe with women in top positions
01/21/2021 | 04:54am EST
The countries that score best are Norway, France and the United Kingdom. The Netherlands, as in 2019, occupies an average position. Striking in this respect is the underrepresentation of women in supervisory boards. On the other hand, the Netherlands scores better than average with 8% when it comes to female CEOs. Improvements can also be seen on an individual company level. Of the companies that were also assessed in 2019 (23 out of 26), 78% did better, with a.s.r. being the big standout.
At a.s.r., two-thirds of the Executive Board and one-third of the Supervisory Board are women. This means that a.s.r. has shown the most progress of all participating companies in Europe when it comes to gender diversity at the top of the business community.
Ingrid de Swart, COO of a.s.r.: 'More women in senior positions attracts other talent. That is important, because diverse teams produce better results. It is a question of awareness and then actually doing it. The Talent to the Top Boardroom Coaching programme proved to be an effective tool. All participants made a substantial career step within two years and a considerable number actually obtained a boardroom position.'