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Francesca Gennari



Data by EU Commission show a low representation of women on boards. The scope of this article is to read contemporary and according to a managerial approach the possible causes of this situation: the availability of skills possessed by women to cover top positions, the presence of binding or self-regulatory rules and the corporate culture towards CSR approach. Our research is focused on EU countries, where the gender equality on board is currently matter of attention and regulatory interventions. We conclude that the scarce presence of women in the boardrooms is not ascribable to a scarcity of expertise, but it is associated with a social background and a corporate culture not inspired by corporate global responsibility values. Regulatory interventions may accelerate the consciousness of gender balance on boards, but without companies’ commitment in CSR matters and without a clear vision of corporate global responsibility (including economic, social and environmental aspects), they tend to become additional tasks in the management of corporate compliance risk.

Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, Corporate Governance, Gender Equality, Women On Boards, Corporate Global Responsibility

How to cite this paper: Gennari, F. (2016). Women on boards and corporate social responsibility. Corporate Board: role, duties and composition, 12(1-1), 101-108. http://doi.org/10.22495/cbv12i1c1art3