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Focus on gender diversity seen as a barrier to ethnic diversity

Full inclusion of BAME people in the workforce could add £24 billion per year to the UK economy.

Four in 10 companies see gender diversity as a barrier to BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) diversity, according to research from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the British Academy of Management (BAM).

Delivering Diversity, which used information collected from 24 FTSE 100 leaders and 26 lived experience interviews, found that while 75% of those companies now set progression targets for gender diversity and 71% publish related data, only 21% do so on ethnic diversity. Four in 10 (42%) thought that this focus on gender detracted attention from BAME equality.

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November 13, 2017

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