Diversity: a matter for all of us

“Diversity is not only a matter for women and Dutch nationals with a non-western background. It is a matter for all of us.” With these words, Francine Giskes, a member of the Netherlands Court of Audit’s Board, opened a forum held on 12 December 2019 to discuss a report recently issued by the Court entitled Diversity in Permanent Government Advisory Boards.

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The report reveals that the increase in the proportion of women on the government’s advisory boards has stalled at 38% and people with a migration background do not even get a look-in, despite statutory rules on proportional representation. The findings were discussed by representatives of ministries, advisory boards, recruitment and selection agencies and academia, who shared their knowledge, ideas and best practices.