In July 2014, the CIPD responded to the Scottish Government consultation on the Introduction of gender quotas for public boards in Scotland.
The Scottish Government consultation sought views on how they can shape gender diversity proposals to the UK Government, using legislation in order to achieve gender equality on public bodies and the use of mandatory quotas of women sitting on public boards.
In response, the CIPD consulted members in Scotland and across the UK to gather views on the imposition of mandatory gender diversity quotas on public boards. The majority of CIPD members responding did not believe that mandatory quotas were an appropriate or desirable measure that should be taken by the Scottish Government.
Quotas alone would not necessarily address the underlying causes that lay behind gender inequality on boards; many respondents stated that people should be appointed to boards based on their own merit, not because of their gender, and expressed concern that introducing mandatory quotas could lead to tokenism and further conflict.