New Dutch law aims for more gender balance on company boards
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Els de Wind
Els de Wind is a partner at Amsterdam-based Van Doorne and a member of IEL’s editorial board

On 28 September 2021, the Dutch Senate passed a new diversity quota and targets law that will become applicable from 1 January 2022. The new measures, which will be included in Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code (on legal entities), aim to create a gender-balanced composition of boards.

Gender-diversity quota

To companies listed on the Amsterdam Euronext stock exchange, a growth quota will apply for supervisory boards: the boards should consist of at least one-third men and one-third women.