the good and bad students of the CAC 40

Baptiste Morin, edited by Gauthier Delomez

As required by law since March 1, French companies have all published their figures on gender parity. On the occasion of International Women’s Rights Day, Europe 1 takes stock of the proportion of women present in management positions in CAC 40 companies.

In recent weeks, French companies have all published their figures on gender parity, as required by law. But beyond this data, an annual study finds that less than 4% of management positions in CAC 40 companies are held by women. Europe 1 takes stock on the occasion of March 8, International Women’s Rights Day.

In reality, there are three general directors in the CAC 40: Catherine MacGregor at Engie, Christel Heydemann at Orange and Estelle Brachlianoff at Veolia. But no woman holds the position of CEO in a CAC 40 company.

The two major interests of a strong mix

Quotas imposed on boards of directors (CA) and executive committees have not had the desired effect. “We realize a decade later that the feminization of boards of directors has not brought more women presidents of boards and that has not increased diversity in the comex”, explains the author of the Skema observatory of the feminization of companies, Michel Ferrary, at the microphone of Europe 1.

This observatory names bad students like ArcelorMittal, Bouygues and Stellantis. As of January 1, 2022, these three companies had no women on their executive committees. For Michel Ferrary, the sinews of war is training. “Engineering schools are training places for the leaders of a certain number of companies”, he explains, “the real levers are not in the law, there is a real cultural revolution to lead. “

There are two interests at stake: where diversity is strong, the results and the environmental commitment of companies increase.