According to a recent government commission, over 50% of FTSE 100 companies have zero minorities on their board of directors. “Of the 1,087 director positions at firms in the FTSE 100 index, 8% are held by non-white directors, even though 14% of the UK is from a non-white ethnic group.” The problem is not just in the boardroom, but within the workforce as well.
To improve diversity numbers on boardrooms in the UK, Sir John Parker, chairman of Anglo American PLC and Ombu Group, has recommended a few workplace adjustments. These suggestions include “requiring human resources teams in FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies to identify ethnically diverse people to be considered for board jobs when vacancies come in, as well as developing mentoring programmes. It also recommends that companies set out their efforts in their annual reports, and where necessary detail why targets have not been met.”