Study says selection processes are “distorted by the assumption that those who do not resemble existing board members are less ‘impressive’”.
The drive towards diverse boardrooms has hit a stumbling block: new evidence suggests that the message has failed to reach more than half of boards.
Recently completed research finds that before the pandemic 52% of boards never or rarely treated racial or ethnic diversity as a priority. The picture gets worse. Some 55% never considered age diversity, while 73% ignored disability diversity as a priority.
The findings will come as a poignant reminder that the acceptance of minority groups into boardrooms is far from complete. The issue of racial equality was made a headline issue last year by the murder of George Floyd, an event that spar
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Queen's Speech lays out legislative agenda for Theresa May, but ignores corporate governance despite the issue being at the heart of the prime minister's social justice agenda when she first came to power.
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