November 28, 2021

Gender equality: Gecina, Sodexo, Mercialys … These companies that lead by example

The ranking of the 120 largest French companies to the most feminized governing bodies fell on Monday. With a score of 91.55 points out of 100 in this “2020 Awards”, Gecina stands out “in particular by the presence of more than 40% of women in the management” bodies studied, such as the board of directors or executive committees, announced the ministry in charge of equality between women and men in a press release.

A real estate group specializing in offices, Gecina is ahead of the catering company Sodexo, already second last year, and Mercialys, a real estate company specializing in shopping centers, which ranks 3rd. Next come the lottery operator Française des Jeux (4th) and the furniture and decorative items brand Maisons du Monde (5th). Sixth, L’Oréal won a special “Top 100 Parity” award, because 51% of the cosmetics giant’s top 100 positions were held by women in 2020.

Special prizes from the Palmarès for the feminization of the governing bodies of large French companies: Rubis, ALD Automotive and the FDJ also stand out.

Special prizes from the Palmarès for the feminization of the governing bodies of large French companies: Rubis, ALD Automotive and the FDJ also stand out.

Ministry of gender equality

The feminization rate of executive committees at nearly 25%

This is the eighth edition of this Ranking of the feminization of the governing bodies of SBF 120 companies (largest listed companies). A ranking implemented in 2013 as part of the follow-up to the Copé-Zimmermann law, adopted in 2011 and requiring 40% of women on the boards of directors of companies.

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“This ranking is established from figures provided by companies voluntarily and declaratively”, specified the ministry, which has mandated “for the second consecutive year” the consulting firm ConvictionsRH to carry out this list.

According to the ministry, the result “once again confirms the impact of the Copé-Zimmermann law on the evolution of feminization rates on boards of directors and supervisory boards”, which climbed from “26.2% in 2013 to 45% in 2019, then 45.5% in 2020 “. The feminization rate of executive committees has increased significantly, “from 8.4% in 2013 to 21.4% in 2019, then to 24.7% in 2020”.

As for the presence of women in the Top 100, it jumped from 7.7% in 2013 to 26.2% in 2019 and 2020.

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But “efforts” remain to be made “for the positions of general management and chairmanship of the board of directors”, underlines the ministry: in 2020, only 12 women were general managers or chairmen of the management board and 11 chairmen of the board of directors or surveillance.


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