Equality & Human Rights UK Law
In practice, how can companies use general positive action measures in a lawful way?
Where the conditions for general positive action have been satisfied, it is lawful for companies to take a range of actions to encourage or enable women to be appointed to boards.
This can include:
- reserving places for women on training courses in board leadership
- targeting networking opportunities for women
- providing mentoring and sponsor programmes, which assist in the development of female talent.
- offering opportunities to women to shadow existing board members and/or observe board proceedings
- placing advertisements where women are likely to read them and encouraging a pipeline of applicants, and
- setting aspirational targets for increasing the number of women on boards within a particular timescale.
Download the UK Guidance (legal framework) on Appointments to Boards and Equality Law
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- Equality and Human Rights Commission Code of Practice on Employment, available here
- Government Equalities Office positive action guidance, available here
- Relevant equality and human rights resources are available from the Commission’s website: