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Why the women's quota for board members is of little use


Germany's boardrooms are firmly in male hands. The grand coalition now wants to force a binding quota. What do decision-makers and experts say about this?

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Former Siemens HR director Kugel with colleagues on the board (2018)

Photo: Frank Hoermann / Sven Simon / imago images

It's not that Klaus Josef Lutz didn't try.

Once, for example, when he had promised a promising colleague a career right up to the board, says the CEO of BayWa, an international agricultural and building materials group from Munich.

"She replied: When I see how much you work, I'd rather not do it."

And it's true, he adds: “You're on the board seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

And when I call a colleague on the Executive Board at 11:50 p.m. with an urgent matter, I expect him to be available. "

Lutz and his group are currently standing there like a relic from the previous millennium, and that annoys him tremendously.

The company has a quota of women in management of 21 percent, as Lutz emphasizes - but on the board of the 19,000-employee group, and therefore at the top of the company, there are four men next to Lutz.

No woman.

And there is apparently no prospect of improvement.

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Source: spiegel

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