Retail 100 exposes lack of BAME industry leaders

Mahmud Kamani

RWRC’s annual ranking of the industry’s 100 most influential people has been published and features just one black retail executive. With the Black Lives Matter movement dominating headlines and conversations in boardrooms, Megan Dunsby asks: where are all the BAME leaders in retail?

In previous years when Retail Week has unveiled the Retail 100, we would always lament the lack of gender diversity among the top 100 leaders shaping retail. Features editor Gemma Goldfingle asked: “Where are all the women?”

This year’s list sees a shift. More women are featured than ever before in the ranking’s history with 23 women leaders – up from 18 last year. 

However, while gender diversity is rising up the agenda – albeit slowly – the list raises another pressing issue: the lack of ethnic diversity and BAME representation in retail.


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