While France will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Copé-Zimmermann law on Thursday, the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, and the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, want to continue to lead the fight for professional equality between men and women.

Bruno Le Maire wants quotas of women in the governing bodies of large French companies.

Bruno Le Maire wants to continue the fight for professional equality between men and women. The Minister of the Economy reiterated this Tuesday morning his desire to set up quotas in the governing bodies. He had already expressed his desire last Monday in the National Assembly. This time, he was speaking in Bercy, while the ministry was celebrating the 10 years of the Copé-Zimmermann law which imposed 40% of women on the boards of directors in 2017.

If this law was a real success, today women still represent less than 25% of the members of the executive committees of large French companies. “ A world where half of the ones represent only a quarter of the others is not an acceptable world »Declared the Minister of the Economy.

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« My conviction is firm: we need quotas in the governing bodies to truly establish equality between men and women “, he added. Bruno Le Maire considers that setting up these quotas within the executive or management committees is complicated because the latter have no legal existence. It would be more judicious, according to him, to impose them on ” executives managers “, A notion of the Labor Code, or to” leading people », Those who occupy the 10% of positions of greatest responsibility.

The minister wants a bill to be tabled in mid-March. On Tuesday, he invited the presidents of parliamentary delegations to women’s rights and equal opportunities between men and women to take up the subject and organize debates on the issue of quotas.

For its part, the High Council for Gender Equality (HCE) considered that the lack of a legal definition of executive or management committees was not an insurmountable legal obstacle. Brigitte Grésy, its president, called on Tuesday for quotas – of 20% in three years and more than 40% in six years – within these bodies. She does not want different quotas depending on the sector. Finally, she also asked to “ correlate the allocation of public funding with compliance with obligations in terms of gender equality and professional equality ».

Elisabeth Borne, Minister of Labor, also indicated that she had proposals to make for a better balance between women and men in the management positions of companies. In particular, she would like to improve the Penicaud index, this tool which makes it possible to assess the differences in remuneration in each company, and would like to supplement it with another index which would make it possible to measure balanced representation at the level of senior executives.