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Executive Search Code

The Executive Search Code (‘Code’) recognises the important role of (executive) search agencies in realising more diversity in top positions. Diversity is a strategic factor for good decision-making and the performance of companies, organisations and authorities. Agencies that sign this Code contribute thereby to the business as well as the social objective: more women in top positions.

The 9 commitments for diverse talent to the top

We hereby declare that:

  • we select on so called masculine as well as feminine qualities;
  • we strive for a percentage of … women on our long and short lists;
  • we offer the necessary support to prepare candidates for interviews and the entire process;
  • we will invest time in building relationships with female candidates with executive potential;
  • we guarantee that clients do not overvalue specific masculine qualities in the evaluation of candidates;
  • we will advise clients on best practices regarding induction and onboarding processes, in order for new – different – candidates to be able to fulfil their role quickly;
  • we show that we strive to improve diversity in our top management through our marketing initiatives and our website;
  • we will actively bring the Charter Talent to the Top under the attention of our clients;
  • we will participate in the annual monitoring of our contribution to improving diversity in top positions and we will discuss the results with Talent to the Top.

The signatories

&Female Capital, 360Careers, Amrop, Berenschot, Board Refreshment, Boer & Croon, Chasse Executive Search, Bosman & Vos, Boyden Global Executive Search, Brightheads, Brightlinck Executive Search, Bureau Blaauw, Ç&Q Executive Search, Confius Executive Search, Corporate Casting, De Vroedt en Thierry, Dicke Röell Breedveld, Ebbinge, Egon Zehnder, Escalier, Fe-Malevalue, Geerts & Partners, Holtrop Ravesloot, HR Touchpoints, Kienbaum, Korn Ferry, Leaders Trust, Maes & Lunau, McDermott + Bull, Movimento, Nationaal Register, N2Growth, NR governance, Odgers Berndtson, Page Executive, Partners at Work, Pedersen & Partners, Rieken en Oomen, Russell Reynolds, Spencer Stuart, Stanton Chase, Steffens & Partners, Talent Performance, The Executive Network, The Leadership Advisory, ThunderMinds, Vanderkruijs, VOOR, Vroom & Van den Heuvel, Wesselo & Partners, Women in Sales, Yess International Consultants.

These agencies led the way