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Share of Women and Men in Leadership Positions, Private and Private Sectors (DE0012)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Germany National Action Plan 2017-2019

Action Plan Cycle: 2017

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Federal Statistical Office, Bundesanzeiger publishing house

Support Institution(s): Federal Statistical Office, Bundesanzeiger publishing house

Policy Areas

E-Government, Gender, Private Sector

IRM Review

IRM Report: Germany Design Report 2017-2019

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Description: Regular monitoring reports on the development of the share of women and men in leadership positions and in private sector bodies and the public service in the framework of implementing the Act on Equal Participation of Women and Men in Leadership Positions in the Private and the Public Sector (Gesetz für die gleichberechtigte Teilhabe von Frauen und Männern an Führungspositionen in der Privatwirtschaft und im öffentlichen Dienst, FüPoG). Aim: Increasing public awareness of participation of women and men in leadership positions by examining the effectiveness of the act and informing the public about the objectives of businesses and the federal administration. Status quo: The first annual information of the Federal Government about the development of the share of women and men in leadership positions and in bodies of the private and public sector was published on 9 March 2017 (Bundesrat document 193/17). Ambition: Changing corporate culture over the long term to get more women into leadership positions by giving the topic more prominence in public discourse in order to encourage companies to do more to ensure equal participation of women and men. New or ongoing: ongoing Implemented by: Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ), Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) Organizations involved in implementation: Federal Statistical Office, Bundesanzeiger publishing house Organizational unit and contact: Project Group for monitoring and implementing the FüPo Act, PGFuePo@bmfsfj.bund.de; Anna Riecken, Anna.Riecken@bmfsfj.bund.de; Division III A 2, Ulrich Seibert, seibert-ul@bmjv.bund.de Open government values addressed: Transparency, accountability Relevance: The public will gain access to understandable information on equal participation of women and men in leadership positions. This will create the necessary verifiability and transparency of progress in implementing the law and of its effectiveness. In addition, transparency will be promoted through an interactive data tool. The monitoring results are presented at http://www.bmfsfj.de/quote

IRM Midterm Status Summary

12. Monitoring the Share of Women and Men in Leadership Positions, Private Sector Bodies, and the Public Service

Language of the commitment as it appears in the action plan:

“Regular monitoring reports on the development of the share of women and men in leadership positions and in private sector bodies and the public service in the framework of implementing the Act on Equal Participation of Women and Men in Leadership Positions in the Private and the Public Sector (Gesetz für die gleichberechtigte Teilhabe von Frauen und Männern an Führungspositionen in der Privatwirtschaft und im öffentlichen Dienst, FüPoG).”

Milestones:

12.1 Information of the Federal Government about the development of the share of women and men in leadership positions, private and public sector bodies; Report to the Federal Statistical Office about the composition of the bodies in accordance with the Act on the Participation of the Federation in Appointments to Bodies (Gesetz über die Mitwirkung des Bundes an der Besetzung von Gremien, BGremBG)

12.2 Report to the German Bundestag about the share of women and men in leadership positions, private and public sector bodies

12.3 Generating an index of the share of women in supreme federal authorities (gender equality index)

12.4. Statistics about the share of women in the entire federal administration (gender equality statistics)

12.5 Presenting an overview and evaluation of the composition of bodies to the German Bundestag

12.6. Report on the Federal Act on Gender Equality (Bundesgleichstellungsgesetz) to the German Bundestag

12.7. Evaluation of the act

Start Date: July 2017 (continuous since 2015)

End Date: June 2019

Context and Objectives

This commitment focuses on “[c]hanging corporate culture over the long term to get more women into leadership positions by giving the topic more prominence in public discourse in order to encourage companies to do more to ensure equal participation of women and men.”

Since 2012, in Germany, the share of women in managerial positions has more or less stalled. This percentage stood at around 29 percent in 2017. [46] The share of women in the German Parliament has declined from 36 percent in the 2013–2017 legislative period to 31 percent in the current one. [47] Reporting the overall share of women in leadership positions is recognized as an important indicator. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Reporting Framework (target 5.5, indicator 5.52) recognizes it. In Germany, this indicator’s importance is reflected through the Act on Equal Participation of Women and Men in Leadership Positions in the Private and the Public Sector, which took effect in 2015. [48]

This commitment covers the reporting requirements of the aforementioned act. Its individual activities and milestones cover the entire sequence from reporting, to synthesis and public presentation, to eventual evaluation of the related practice and underlying legislation.

The milestones are verifiable. The commitment is relevant to the OGP value of transparency. It compiles publicly available information on gender parity in the federal administration in detail that goes beyond general SDG reporting requirements. For example, the commitment provides transparency on the gender-related composition of the federal administration. The commitment also entails reporting on and enabling the tracking of indicators that measure at least partially attributable outcomes of government action on creating more gender parity. Thus, it is relevant to access to information. The milestones that cover reporting activities (12.1, 12.2, 12.4, and 12.5), as well as the milestone evaluating the related act (12.7), directly correspond with the specific assessment and reporting requirements embedded in existing legislation. [49] The additional impact on opening government is rated as minor primarily because the related legal commitments were stipulated through a 2015 law, before Germany’s participation in OGP.

Next steps

The IRM researcher recommends complementing the commitment milestones with a set of performance targets and indicators attached to Milestones 12.1–12.6. The overall goal involves generating more visibility and awareness for gender parity issues. Thus, metrics around the visibility and uptake of the published information would make the milestones substantially more monitorable and ambitious. These metrics could include download numbers, media mentions, and benchmarking references in sustainability reports and other public organizational communication.

[46] Statistisches Bundesamt homepage, https://www.destatis.de/DE/ZahlenFakten/Indikatoren/QualitaetArbeit/QualitaetArbeit.html.

[47] https://www.bpb.de/system/files/dokument_pdf/dr2018_bf_pdf_ganzes_buch_online.pdf

[48] “Law for the Equal Participation of Women and Men in Leadership Positions in the Private Sector and the Public Services,” Bundesanzeiger Verlag, http://www.bgbl.de/xaver/bgbl/start.xav?startbk=Bundesanzeiger_BGBl&jumpTo=bgbl115s0642.pdf.

[49] Artikel 23 and Artikel 24, Gesetz für die Gleichberechtigte Teilhabe von Frauen und Männern an Führungspositionen in der Privatwirtschaft und im Öffentlichen Dienst, FüPoG.


Germany's Commitments

  1. Conditions for OGP Participation

    DE0001, 2017, OGP

  2. Open Data in Administrative Practice

    DE0002, 2017, Capacity Building

  3. Open Data Environment

    DE0003, 2017, Capacity Building

  4. Access to Spatial Data

    DE0004, 2017, Capacity Building

  5. Financial Transparency - EITI Standard

    DE0005, 2017, E-Government

  6. Transparency in Development Policy

    DE0006, 2017, Aid

  7. Open Data for Intelligent Mobility

    DE0007, 2017, E-Government

  8. Citizen Participation in Environmental Policy and Urban Development

    DE0008, 2017, Capacity Building

  9. Electronic Procedures for Family Benefits

    DE0009, 2017, E-Government

  10. Knowledge Network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People

    DE0010, 2017, E-Government

  11. Local Alliances for Family Initiative

    DE0011, 2017, Public Participation

  12. Share of Women and Men in Leadership Positions, Private and Private Sectors

    DE0012, 2017, E-Government

  13. Open Access to Academic Literature

    DE0013, 2017, E-Government

  14. Science Year 2018

    DE0014, 2017, Public Participation

  15. Federal Competition “Living Together Hand in Hand”

    DE0015, 2017, Citizenship and Immigration