Written on 05 July 2013.
AESC President Peter Felix made the announcement Thursday following a call to action by EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding and members of the European Business Schools/Women on Board initiative, of which EDHEC is a member.
“This dual initiative is reflective of the AESC’s support for gender diversity in top-level recruitment, and of our members’ commitment in assisting female executives in their pursuit of key board and leadership roles,” said Felix in a prepared statement. “The AESC is proud to support executive-level diversity in connecting its member firms with female executive talent in this way.”
Reding has advocated for greater diversity on corporate boards, including the presence of more women. Recently, supporters of the initiative created a data-base of women executives who meet the standards for appointment to a corporate board through the Web site LinkedIn. The database, called the Global Board Ready Women, is administered by The Financial Times.
“It’s time we put to bed the myth that there aren’t enough qualified women to sit in company board rooms,’” said Reding in a prepared statement. “There are, and organisations such as the Association of Executive Search Consultants are working to prove it.”