Definition of gender benchmark
The gender benchmark is a diversity objective that should be reached as a minimum threshold. It concerns the ratio of the number of men and women on a committee (e.g. a board of directors). This benchmark value is current undergoing parliamentary consultation, as part of the extensive stock corporation law reform.
The gender benchmarks have been accepted in the lower chamber of the swiss parliament, council of cantons and upper chamber of the swiss parliament, and amount to 20% for the executive boards and 30% for boards of directors. The regulation concerns joint stock companies having over 250 employees that are quoted on the stock exchange. In Switzerland, that is approximately 200 companies.