The proportion of women in the top floors of public companies in Germany has so far increased only slowly. This is the result of the public women on board index presented by the organization Fidar (women on the supervisory boards).
According to the representative study, the proportion of women on the supervisory boards of the 261 largest federal and state holdings rose only moderately from 34.7 percent (2021) to 35.8 percent this year. As of January 1, 23.2 percent of the workforce in the top management bodies - i.e. executive boards and executives - were women in the companies mentioned - compared to 22 percent in the previous year.
The organization concludes that the new guidelines, which are intended to bring more women into management positions, have had little effect so far. They came into effect on August 1 of this year. According to this, in future at least one woman must sit on the board of directors in listed and co-determined companies with more than 2000 employees and more than 3 board members. A total of 66 listed and co-determined companies fall under this regulation.
Of the public companies examined, 37 federal holdings must comply. According to Fidar, at the time of the survey (January 1), ten companies - including transport companies such as DB Energie, Regionalverkehr Oberbayern and S-Bahn Hamburg - had no women in top management. It was initially unclear whether the companies mentioned had made improvements in the meantime.