Boards fail diversity test

People from minority ethnic backgrounds are still struggling to break through
at board level, according to a new study.

Figures released by the Cranfield School of Management show that only 2.4% of
directors in the FTSE100 are from minority ethnic backgrounds.

A review by Sir Derek Higgs into the make-up of UK boards recommended that
directorial appointments should better reflect Britain’s ethnic diversity.

There was a 13% increase in the number of female directors at the top 100 UK
companies, but women hold executive positions in only 11 of these companies, and
22 still have no female directors.

Scottish Power and British Airways were ranked joint first for showing
diversity in their boardrooms, followed by AstraZeneca, Centrica and Pearson.

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