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Norway: Government to Shut Companies With Too Few Women
    #4024300 - 04/07/05 01:54 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Women forced onto Norway boards

OSLO, Norway (Reuters) -- Norway will shut companies that refuse to recruit at least 40 percent women to their boards by 2007 under an unprecedented equality drive, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday.

"Companies have been dragging their feet. They really have to recruit more women," Children and Family Affairs Minister Laila Daavoey told Reuters.

"In the very worst case, they will face closure."

Norway's parliament told firms in 2002 to ensure at least 40 percent of each sex in boardrooms by mid-2005 to force corporate leadership to match Nordic traditions of sex equality elsewhere in society.

Before Tuesday, however, Oslo had not spelt out sanctions for non-compliance. Many companies denounce the scheme as the toughest corporate sex equality goal in the world.

"Since 2002 the percentage of women in boards has risen to only 11 percent from six," Daavoey said. "Yet there are thousands of qualified women out there -- companies can choose from half the adult population."

Many European nations have more women in boardrooms than Norway and the male bastion is a paradox for a country where 40 percent of the cabinet of Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik and 37 percent of parliamentarians are women.

Daavoey, who oversees sex equality rules, said that all state-controlled firms including oil group Statoil and telecoms firm Telenor had already complied.

But many other firms are lagging, including energy and engineering group Aker Kvaerner or Internet search group Fast. Many business leaders say the rules will force them to recruit ill-qualified women as quota fillers.

"If we can recruit women to our state companies why can't private businesses do it too?" Daavoey said.

She said the threat of closure was meant as a spur. "I don't believe that companies will get into a situation where they risk closure. Companies will obviously find women," she said.

Sexual equality is built into Nordic traditions of strong welfare, now funded in Norway by vast North Sea oil revenues. As long ago as Viking times, women ran farms when men went abroad on voyages of discovery or pillage.

Under Daavoey's plan, Oslo will review lists of corporate boards in August 2005.

If they fall short of the 40 percent goal, the government will set a legal deadline of 2007.

In 2007, laggards would face liquidation by court order if they refuse to comply after a formal, final warning.

Daavoey said the demand for 40 percent of each sex could be added to regulations on minimum board size, for instance, or rules demanding employee representation in boardrooms.


http://edition.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/04/05/norway.women.reut/index.html


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Re: Norway: Government to Shut Companies With Too Few Women [Re: ivi]
    #4024427 - 04/07/05 02:29 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Those wacky progressive Europeans are at it again.


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Re: Norway: Government to Shut Companies With Too Few Women [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #4024436 - 04/07/05 02:33 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

when will they ever learn


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Re: Norway: Government to Shut Companies With Too Few Women [Re: fearfect]
    #4025004 - 04/07/05 07:17 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

hehehe...

Ja, vi elsker dette landet
som det stiger frem,
furet vejrbitt over vandet,
med de tusind hjem.
Ja, vi elsker det og t?nker
p? vor far og mor,
og den saganat som s?nker
dr?mme p? vor jord,
og den saganat som s?nker,
s?nker dr?mme p? vor jord.



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Re: Norway: Government to Shut Companies With Too Few Women [Re: ivi]
    #4025060 - 04/07/05 07:58 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Man that is stupid. Companies should recruit the people who are best suited for the job, regardless of sex.


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Re: Norway: Government to Shut Companies With Too Few Women [Re: ummikko]
    #4025062 - 04/07/05 07:59 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

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ummikko said:
Man that is stupid. Companies should recruit the people who are best suited for the job, regardless of sex.




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