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Ethnic diversity in UK's boardrooms declining despite wealth of Asian talent in tech

Margi Murphy | June 25, 2015
Government ministers are championing diversity amongst digital businesses and tech entrepreneurs - why is this not mirrored in the top UK firms?

UK firms have been criticised for placing women in non-executive positions to fill its diversity quota set by Vince Cable in 2011.

Trevor Phillips, Chair of Green Park Diversity Analytics said: "Diversity is only of value to business if it genuinely brings people of different outlook, experience and culture to the table - there are few benefits to cosmetic change. This research reveals that the drive for diversity in Britain's top companies is in danger of becoming a euphemism for more seats for professional white women at board tables.

"While it looks like we will meet the targets set by the Davies Committee for gender diversity, it's clear that we are going nowhere when it comes to improving social mobility and actually going backwards on ethnic diversity."

 

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