In July 2014, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) launched a GB-wide inquiry into the recruitment and appointment practices of the top 350 listed companies at board level in the context of equality law.
The aims of the Inquiry are to look at how FTSE 350 companies and their agents make decisions about the appointment of board directors, and examine whether those recruitment practices are transparent, fair and result in selection based on merit.
The Commission plans to identify where improvements are needed to ensure recruitment practices utilise to best effect the provisions of the Equality Act 2010, and the equality requirements in the Financial Reporting Council’s Corporate Code of Governance (as amended September 2012) with the aim of achieving better representation of women on FTSE 350 company boards.
The findings, including recommendations for future action, will be published in spring 2015.
Any person or organisation wishing to make representations, as long as it is within the scope of the Inquiry, as defined in the terms of reference, can notify the Commission’s Inquiry team by email or by post.
The Women on Boards Inquiry Team