Diversity | Which industry is still 98% led by white men?

Which industry is still 98% led by white men?

Diversity & Inclusion gets a lot of airtime these days. So much so that, on the surface of it, it can seem, with companies keen to advertise their support for diversity initiatives, that there’s not much more to be done – or, at the very least, that it’s all heading in the right direction.

There are internal diversity networks, diverse recruitment schemes – seeking to include harder-to-reach individuals – and differentiated working practices to help employees with varying needs.

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Comments (2)

  • John
    Tue, 25 Jun 2019 8:32pm BST
    Many businesses establish senior level diversity positions but the individuals placed in these roles often have no authority or budget to work with other senior leadership to establish and achieve diversity goals and at the same time better business results. Diversity opens new doors for ideas and business growth.
  • Anna
    Mon, 17 Jun 2019 1:43pm BST
    "...despite women making up over half of University students and almost half of the working population, they are still under-represented at Board level."

    At the moment, yes, but how long do you think it will be before the over-representation of women in Universities translates into real world changes? These things do not happen overnight. And if it doesn't change significantly will we continue to blame 'oppression' or 'discrimination' and perhaps accept that sometimes not every role in society is 50/50? That women are making those choices themselves? Men are over-represented in many roles, but I don't hear much call from feminists de-crying the under-representation of women in construction, oil rigs, waste disposal or other dirty or dangerous jobs. I'm a feminist but I want the direction of travel to be about equal opportunity and hiring on merit, without discrimination - not equality of outcome where a man might not be being hired for a position for which he might be eminently suited, just to satisfy some arbitrary tick in the box diversity quota embraced by corporations who want to make themselves look all 'woke'. I don't think this will help and just creates more division and resentment. Being a woman doesn't make me better or worse than a man, I just want to be treated as an individual thanks very much.