The European Union’s banking watchdog said on Tuesday it will crack down on the 28% of banks it found to have failed to implement a mandatory policy on boardroom diversity.
The European Banking Authority (EBA) said data collected at the end of 2021 from nearly 800 banks and investment firms showed that women account for only 18% of executive and 28% of non-executive directors.
Women earned on average 9.5% less than male executive directors, and 6% less than male non-executive directors.
Banks have been required since 2014 to have a policy on diversity, but 28% still do not have one, the EBA said. While banks are allowed to set their own targets for women on boards, some EU states have adopted national laws with targets.
“We will take action here and look at what national supervisors are doing,” Bernd Rummel, senior policy expert at the EBA, where women make up 60% of the directors.
“It’s important that all banks adopt diversity policies and have their own targets. This needs to be 100%,” Rummel said.
“The gender balance is gradually, but too slowly improving,” said the report by the EBA.