As described elsewhere in this Annual Report, PostNL believes in the strength of diversity and inclusion. We respect and value differences between people, as they make our organisation stronger, more innovative and more appealing. This also translates into our aim for diversity in the composition of the Executive Committee, Board of Management and Supervisory Board. The Supervisory Board seeks to promote diversity among the members of the Executive Committee, Board of Management and Supervisory Board with regard to age, sex, level of expertise and experience, and nationality. We aim to create a balance, to the extent possible, in which the diversity referred to above is expressed and where the objective is to comply, at the very least, with the statutory requirements.
Please be referred to our Diversity and inclusion policy which can be found on the website.
PostNL’s Executive Committee per year end 2020 had seven members, of which three are female, i.e. 42.9% of the seats filled by women. As per 1 February 2021 the Executive Committee consists of eight members, of which three are female, i.e. 37.5% of the seats filled by women. The Board of Management has one female and one male member, i.e. 50% of the seats filled by women. The Supervisory Board has seven members, of which three are women, i.e. 42.9% of the seats filled by women. Consequently, the Board of Management, the Executive Committee and Supervisory Board have a balanced representation of men and women.
As follows from PostNL’s diversity policy and the profile of the Supervisory Board, diversity is taken into account when selecting candidates in case of a vacancy in the Executive Committee, Board of Management and Supervisory Board. Ultimately, the capacities of the selected candidates are assessed irrespective of the candidate's gender and the most qualified candidates will be nominated for appointment.
In 2020, Jeroen Hoencamp and Ad Melkert were appointed as members of the Supervisory Board, replacing Frank Rövekamp and Jacques Wallage respectively. The composition of the Board of Management and Executive Committee remained unchanged in 2020.
On 6 November 2020 new Dutch legislation was submitted in relation to a balanced representation of men and women in Supervisory Board, Board of Management and senior management. The legislation introduces a binding diversity quota for the Supervisory Board, whereby at least one third of the members of the Supervisory Board should be male, and at least one third of the members should be female. Also, large companies such as PostNL should determine an ambitious and appropriate target (in the form of a target number) to promote gender diversity in the Board of Management and senior management. PostNL will await such new legislation and will incorporate ambitious and appropriate target numbers in a new diversity policy in 2021. In this regard PostNL already adheres to the binding quota for the Supervisory Board.