LEAD Magazine: Diversity matters

Inclusive workforces are better, stronger and more sustainable, writes Becky Slack for LEAD Magazine

The latest Green Park report says that within the top 20 organisations, 41.3 per cent are women leaders. But when you factor in how 65 per cent of its workforce are women, it would suggest that the glass ceiling is just as present here as it is elsewhere. There is also an embarrassing dearth of BAME staff and leaders: just 9 per cent and 5.8 per cent respectively.

Green Park’s chief executive, Raj Tulsiani, points out that: “In light of the UK’s desire to increase trade with non-EU countries, the ongoing inability of our leading companies to attract and retain leaders from east Asian and African backgrounds should be a matter for serious concern.

“The UK’s aspiration to be outward-looking and open to business with the non-European world is hardly enhanced by the continued lack of challenge in the boards of our leading companies, still statistically and behaviourally dominated by men of similar cultural and educational backgrounds,” he says.


This article was published in LEAD Magazine on the 1st of January, 2018. To read the full article, click here.