Six recommendations for Becoming a More Diverse and Inclusive Board

Spencer Stuart

With renewed attention to racial inequity, more and more companies are announcing initiatives aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion in the boardroom.

While driving gender diversity has been a major focus for boards in recent years — the share of women joining S&P 500 boards has more than doubled in the past 10 years — progress has been much slower for people of color. Between 2010 and 2020, female representation among new S&P 500 directors grew from 21% to 47%; over that same period, new minority director representation increased by just 10 percentage points to 22% in 2020 — attaining the same level of representation women reached 10 years ago.

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