A survey of corporate photography has found that more than half of FTSE 100 companies still have no directors who are black or from an ethnic minority.
If perception is everything then the appearance of UK board photos reveals a problematic story about the ethnic diversity among execs and non-execs.
In a departure from the usual kind of survey, Piranha Photography, an agency familiar with taking corporate snaps, looked at boardroom photos to find that 56% of the UK’s 100 biggest companies appear to have no directors from a black or ethnic minority (BAME) background.
Those that appear to have no BAME directors include insurance group Admiral, utility group Severn Trent, the online food delivery service, Ocado, and travel and leisure group TUI, as well as fashion retailer Burberry.
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