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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 signatories

Berenschot, Boyden Global Executive Search, Brightheads, Brightlinck Executive Search, Chasse Executive Search, Confius Executive Search, De Vroedt en Thierry, Ebbinge, Egon Zehnder, Holtrop Ravesloot, Partners at Work, The Executive Network, Van der Laan & Company, Vanderkruijs, Yess International Consultants, Maes & Lunau, Leaders Trust, Spencer Stuart, N2Growth, Kienbaum, Amrop, Talent Performance, Computer Futures, Wesselo & Partners, Klausschmit & Partners, 360Careers, Corporate Casting, Groen van Solinge & Partners, Stanton Chase, Movimento and Escalier.

These agencies led the way

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.