by Jermaine Haughton
Originally published: July 26, 2017
Surveying human resources and diversity and innovation (D&I) practitioners from 24 of the hundred biggest listed companies in the UK, CMI’s Delivering Diversity report found that some employers are paying little attention to the lack of black, asian, minority ethnic (BAME) employees climbing the ranks of their organisation.
The research suggest that some firms are reluctant to invest to improve their ethnic diversity in decision-making jobs, potentially limiting their own business performance.
At management level, 54% of HR practitioners in the study reported that less than 5% of their senior management positions are filled by a someone from an ethnic minority. Furthermore, 83% report that this is also the case at boardroom level, showing a major deficiency in BAME leaders and decision-makers in the country’s largest listed companies.