BAME execs on FTSE 100 retail boards inch up as overall representation falls

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Ethnic diversity on the boards of the UK’s biggest retailers edged up in 2019 as research found “people of colour remain super-glued to the corporate floor”.

The number of BAME directors and non-executive directors on FTSE 100 retail boards rose marginally to 5% in 2019, up from 3.1% the previous year – an increase of just 4.3% since 2014.

According to the annual Green Park Leadership 10,000 report, 47 of the FTSE 100 companies have no ethnic minority representation at board or executive director level.

There are just 10 chairs, chief executive and finance chiefs from a BAME background across the group overall, comprising just 3.3% of the total and showing no improvement in the six years since the recruitment consultancy began monitoring ethnic diversity at the top three leadership tiers of companies.

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