The only surprising thing about business minister Kelly Tolhurst’s letter raising the issue of ethnic minority representation on UK company boards is that it has taken so long.
This weekend we learned that business minister Kelly Tolhurst has written to FTSE 100 chairs calling them out on their failure to welcome non-white members to their boardrooms and warning that change had to accelerate if business was to avoid government intervention.
We saw back in October with figures from Sir John Parker that things were not improving. Just 84 of the 1,048 directors, or around 8%, in the FTSE 100 were from black or ethnic minority (BAME) backgrounds. A survey of corporate photography last year found that more than half of FTSE 100 companies appeared to have no directors from a BAME background.
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