Viviane Reding rolls on in her customary undemocratic way…

Regular visitors to this blog will be aware that we’ve emailed Viviane Reding, an EC Commissioner and the prime mover behind the EC’s drive to introduce legislation to force companies to have minimum female representation on their boards, seeking evidence of a positive link with enhanced  corporate performance. Given that no such evidence exists, we shouldn’t be too surprised that she hasn’t responded. But nothing, it seems, will stop her promoting this nonsensical claim to further her ideological aims. The British press has reported that her proposal to enforce EU-level quotas are unlikely to succeed, given the opposition of many EU countries. Even the DBIS, with Vince Cable at its head, is against EU-imposed quotas. But in her customary undemocratic way, Ms Reding rolls on.

My thanks to our Research Director, Michael Klein, for pointing me towards some interesting material. The first is a press release:

We see from this document that next Tuesday, 23 October, the following will be put forward:

Tuesday 23 October: Boosting gender balance on corporate boards

The news:

The Commission will present a legal instrument aimed at increasing gender balance on company boards in the EU.

The background:

Across the EU, company boards are currently dominated by one gender: 86.5% of board members are men while women represent just 13.5% (8.9% of executive members and 15% of non-executive members). 97.5% of the chairpersons are men and only 2.5% are women.

Promoting more equality in decision-making is one of the goals in the Women’s Charter (see IP/10/237), which was initiated by President José Manuel Barroso and Vice-President Reding in March 2010. The Commission then followed these commitments by adopting a Gender Equality Strategy in September 2010 for the next five years (see IP/10/1149 and MEMO/10/430), which includes exploring targeted initiatives to get more women into top jobs in economic decision-making.

The event:

Vice-President Viviane Reding will give a press conference in Strasbourg. Details to be announced.

In late November Ms Reding and her colleagues will be attending a two-day summit in Cyprus. Presumably all the meeting rooms in Brussels were already booked. The summit is titled, ‘Promoting Equality for Growth’:

The document about the event remarkably doesn’t contain the words ‘gender’ or ‘women’. Let’s focus on the first session on the second day:

Friday 23 November – Economic case and benefits of anti-discrimination policies and diversity strategies for governments, businesses and persons

09:00 – 10:30 Plenary Session 3 – Business case for diversity

Objective: Diversity policies in companies make good business sense. This session will illustrate this fact with examples of companies adopting successfully diversity strategies generating more productivity, creativeness and innovation, and/or broadening the customer base.

Hmm… it’s apparently a fact that, ‘Diversity policies in companies make good business sense.’ No mention of more profitability, you might have noticed. Doubtless ‘the examples’ will be drawn from studies or even anecdotes from left-leaning sociologists and social psychologists, and correlation will be presented as causation. It’s a strategy that goes back a very long way in this area. Politicians and journalists are collectively utterly unaware of the deception. With the exception of Quentin Letts, obviously.


About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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2 Responses to Viviane Reding rolls on in her customary undemocratic way…

  1. Alan Millard says:

    Who is behind even making more women on boards an issue? This is the least of our worries, and is one that should be left up to achievement by merit. Businesses survive by running objectivity, not quotas. A government that uses the people’s money to operate, that is trillions in debt, has no idea how to operate a business or standing even venturing into the discussion. No entity could be less qualified. A business operating the same way would have gone bankrupt long ago without the people being forced into falling with it.

    Alan Millard

    • Alan, many thanks. ‘No entity could be less qualified’ – well put!

      Who’s behind this? Ah, a long list, I’m afraid. A little more material on than on this blog, but off the top of my head:

      – David Cameron, who (shortly after coming to power in May 2010) appointed a Labour peer, Lord Davies of Abersoch, to recommend how to drive up the number of women on boards;

      – Lord Davies, whose report (February 2012) included a threat of quota legislation if FTSE100 companies didn’t ‘voluntarily’ increase the proportion of women on boards to 25% by 2015. This has increased the proportion of new FTSE100 directors who are women from 13% in 2010 to 55% this year;

      – Vince Cable and the junior ministers and civil servants at DBIS;

      – Vince Cable’s five junior ministers, all Conservatives, who have said nothing publicly against this left-wing initiative, to the best of my knowledge;

      – Helena Morrissey, founder of the 30% club, which has recruited 25+ FTSE100 chairmen to drive this social engineering initiative in their companies;

      – countless people on this gravy train… recruitment agencies, organisations promoting EDI (equality, diversity, inclusion), many with such words in their job titles;

      – academics and others paid to give bogus academic support to this claptrap.

      Have a good weekend.

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