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Netherlands - Few companies meet female board quota

12 September 2011

There are still far fewer women in the top echelons of Dutch industry than 30%, which is soon to become the government's official target, according to the latest Dutch Female Board Index compiled by Erasmus University's supervision and compliance institute.

The report shows most big firms have no women on either the supervisory or the management board, Volkskrant newspaper reports.

Government guidelines state that by 2016, at least 30% of both boards at big firms should be made up of female executives. Of the 97 companies investigated for the index, only TNT Express currently makes the grade.

Telecoms group KPN, PostNL, Unilever and groceries group Ahold stand out for having more women in senior positions.

In total, only 9.2% of management board positions and 11.2% of supervisory board positions are currently filled  by women.

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