Gender Diversity on Boards in Switzerland

  • Florence Villesèche
  • Evis Sinani


Switzerland is known by most for its banks, watches, mountains, and chocolates. However, the small Alpine country is also one where the traditional view of the family is still prevalent and emphasizes the role of the husband as the breadwinner, and where diversity is not generally acknowledged as a business issue. Although gender diversity is increasing only slowly at higher hierarchical levels in Switzerland, there are signs of change, nevertheless. For instance, in December 2015, a draft for non-binding quotas was adopted for both boards of directors and top-management teams, with a recommended minority gender representation of 30 percent and 20 percent respectively ( 2015). However, those guidelines have yet to be drafted as legislation, and repeated attempts to introduce binding quotas have all failed. This chapter will give the reader an in-depth insight into the situation in Switzerland to shed light on how the current circumstances came about and the developments that may unfold over the coming years and decades. The chapter concludes with insights from an individual who is involved in practice in securing more positions for women on boards in Switzerland, as well as a short overview of the chapter’s main points.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Florence Villesèche
    • 1
  • Evis Sinani
    • 1
  1. 1.Copenhagen Business SchoolFrederiksbergDenmark

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