NOC Chamber President & CEO, Theresa Harvey, participated in an interview conducted by Raphaël Bouvier-Auclair, correspondent for Radio-Canada, Washington, regarding SB 826 adopted by the California State Legislature in 2018. Under this newly adopted law, corporations are required to have at least one woman on their boards by 2021.
During the interview Harvey explained the Chamber’s position to oppose the legislation as it promotes an individual to the Board of Directors simply on the basis of gender and may displace an existing member of the Board of Directors solely on the basis of gender. It also likely violates the United States Constitution, California Constitution, and California’s Civil Rights Act, which places California companies in a legal predicament.
“As a female, I encourage corporations to be inclusive, however, this legislation is overreaching and will likely be litigated before it is fully implemented,” she explained. “In opposing this bill, our Chamber joined a coalition of business leaders who argued that the legislation considers only one element of diversity. While I agree with the intent of the bill, which is to create more diversity on boards of directors, the manner SB 826 uses to accomplish this goal is flawed."