Minister criticises Telenor’s all-boys club

12 Jan 2006

Norway’s biggest telecoms group Telenor has been singled out by the country’s government for its all-male management team, according to the Dagens Næringsliv newspaper. The criticism came from Trade and Industry Minister Odd Eriksen after Telenor yesterday appointed two new male managers to its executive board. The additions expand the management team to eight, all of whom are male, and come just over a week after Norway implemented a new law calling for companies to introduce true gender equality in their boardrooms. The law requires all public limited companies to ensure that their boards are made up of at least 40% women within the next two years. Telenor is 54% owned by the government and falls under the area of responsibility of the trade and industry ministry. ‘Apparently neither the board of directors nor the management team has caught on to the signals we’ve been sending in favour of gender equality,’ Eriksen told the paper. Telenor claims it has appointed the best qualified candidates, regardless of gender.

Norway, Telenor Group