The latest Scottish Government action to promote gender equality has been welcomed today – as the First Minister announced further support from major private sector firms for the Scottish Government’s ambition of gender balance on boards by 2020.

Earlier today, Nicola Sturgeon was joined by representatives of Virgin Money, Alliance Trust and Gate Interactive who have committed to the Scottish Government’s pledge to work towards gender balance on their boards by 2020 – meaning 16 private companies, 44 organisations from the third sector and 77 public bodies are now signed up to the process. 

The First Minister has made clear that making “major and lasting progress” towards gender equality and to ensuring that everyone in Scotland is able to fulfil their potential is one of her key priorities in office.  

Commenting, SNP MSP Christina McKelvie said:

“Today’s announcement is excellent news and represents real progress towards the Scottish Government’s target of gender balance on boards by 2020.  

“The Scottish Government is leading the way in the charge for gender equality in all aspects of public life – and that major businesses are signing up to the plans is a welcome indication of the extent of the support for gender equality in the private sector.  But there is clearly more to do and I hope that many more organisations will sign up in the months ahead. 

“Gender equality in business – and in every part of our national life – isn’t just right morally but it is vital for the economy too.  Women make up half of our population – and we must ensure that the talents and skills of everyone in Scotland are utilised and that all our citizens have the opportunity to meet their full potential.”