August 2014

Women on Board: Quality through Diversity, Scottish Government Consultation on the Introduction of Gender Quotas on Public Boards

The Society responded to the Scottish Government consultation which is considering introducing gender quotas on public boards.  In its response the Society’s Equality committee welcomed the proposals which seek to promote and ensure equality balance, but highlighted that it is important that all appointments are made on merit and not purely to pay ‘lip service’ to quotas and to that end a transparent application process be introduced to ensure confidence from both the public and other members of the board.  The Committee also suggested that any percentage level for gender diversity quotas should be truly reflective of the gender balance in Scotland and that that percentage level should be regularly reviewed to ensure it continues to fairly represent the gender split. 

The full response can be found here