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Finanzsektor: Männliche Dominanz in Top-Entscheidungsgremien bleibt erdrückend


  • Elke Holst
  • Julia Schimeta


In the financial sector, women represent the majority of employees, but it is still men who remain in the top positions. With women making up only 4.2 percent of the boards of the largest banks and savings banks at the end of 2012, they are still very much underrepresented (up 1 percentage point from the end of 2011). The story is similar on the boards of the major insurance companies. The situation is somewhat better on supervisory boards: at the largest banks and savings banks, women made up 17.8 percent of all board members at the end of 2012 (up 1.2 points), and 15.3 percent at insurance companies (up 2.2 points). The vast majority of these women are still employee representatives-even though more women are being appointed by the shareholders. If the financial sector does not make significant progress in achieving more representation for women in top decisionmaking bodies in the foreseeable future, then political pressure on them to do so will probably increase. This also applies to top positions in the ECB and the Financial Market Authority. Im Finanzsektor stellen Frauen die Mehrheit der Beschäftigten, an der Spitze stehen aber nach wie vor Männer. Bei einem Anteil von gut vier Prozent waren Frauen in den Vorständen der größten Banken und Sparkassen auch Ende 2012 noch immer die große Ausnahme (+1 Prozentpunkt gegenüber Ende 2011). In den Vorständen der großen Versicherungen sieht es ähnlich aus. Etwas besser stellt sich die Situation in den Aufsichtsräten dar: In den größten Banken und Sparkassen waren Frauen Ende 2012 zu fast 18 Prozent repräsentiert (+1,2 Punkte), in den Versicherungen zu gut 15 (+2,2 Punkte). Vertreterinnen der Arbeitnehmerschaft stellen hier nach wie vor die große Mehrheit der Frauen - auch wenn mittlerweile mehr Frauen von der Eigentümerseite entsendet werden. Sollte die Finanzbranche es in absehbarer Zeit nicht schaffen, deutliche Fortschritte hinsichtlich der Repräsentanz von Frauen in Spitzengremien zu erzielen, wird der politische Druck voraussichtlich steigen. Dies gilt auch für die Besetzung von Spitzenpositionen in der EZB und bei der Finanzmarktaufsicht.

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  • Elke Holst & Julia Schimeta, 2013. "Finanzsektor: Männliche Dominanz in Top-Entscheidungsgremien bleibt erdrückend," DIW Wochenbericht, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 80(3), pages 16-24.
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwob:80-3-3

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    Financial sector; board diversity; women CEOs; gender equality; . - management; public and private Banks; insurances companies;

    JEL classification:

    • G2 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J78 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Public Policy (including comparable worth)
    • L32 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Public Enterprises; Public-Private Enterprises
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
    • M51 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Firm Employment Decisions; Promotions


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