Women`s Day: 1 female independent director in cos must

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 19:51

New Delhi: Coinciding with International Women`s Day, the Corporate Affairs Ministry Tuesday said it would make it mandatory for companies having five or more independent directors to have at least one female independent director.

Companies having five or more independent directors would have to necessarily have at least one female independent director, Corporate Affairs Minister Murli Deora said Tuesday.

The proposal would be part of Companies Bill 2009, which is expected to be tabled in the current session of Parliament.

Industry body Assocham in a study titled `Corporate Women: Close the Gender Gap and Dream Big` on Monday said that women executives would play a fundamental role in shaping market-leading institutions.

However, the study said that presently out of 1,112 directorships of 100 companies listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange, only 59 positions -- or 5.3 percent -- are held by women.

This figure compares with 15 percent in Canada, 14.5 percent in the US and 12.2 percent in Britain
The proposal would be part of Companies Bill 2009, which is expected to be tabled in the current session of Parliament.

Industry body Assocham in a study titled `Corporate Women: Close the Gender Gap and Dream Big` on Monday said that women executives would play a fundamental role in shaping market-leading institutions.

However, the study said that presently out of 1,112 directorships of 100 companies listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange, only 59 positions -- or 5.3 percent -- are held by women.

This figure compares with 15 percent in Canada, 14.5 percent in the US and 12.2 percent in Britain.
Last month, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Companies Bill 2009, which seeks to replace a half-a-century-old Act, would be presented in Parliament in the ongoing session.

"The Companies Bill introduced in Parliament in 2009 has been received by the Parliamentary Standing Committee. The proposed Bill will be introduced in Lok Sabha in current session," Mukherjee had said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 19:51

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