Norway will shut companies that refuse to recruit at least 40 per cent women to their boards by 2007 under an unprecedented equality drive, a cabinet minister said today.
"Companies have been dragging their feet. They really have to recruit more women," Children and Family Affairs Minister Laila Daavoey told Reuters. "In the very worst case, they will face closure."
Norway's parliament told firms in 2002 to ensure at least 40 per cent of each sex in boardrooms by mid-2005 to force corporate leadership to match Nordic traditions of sex equality elsewhere in society.
And you thought this Nanny Government was bossy!
"In 2007, laggards would face liquidation by court order if they refuse to comply after a formal, final warning," says Ministeress of Busybodying Laila Daavoey, showing that the tradition of Norwegian quisling-dom is not dead.
I confess to being a little concerned at the christian name of the Ministeress; has Laila Harre emigrated? And more importantly: if so, is she coming back?