Racial and Ethnic Diversity: Slow Progress

Racial and Ethnic Diversity: Slow Progress


Many organizations and industries continue to struggle to build, grow, and sustain racial and ethnic diversity, despite hard work and significant investments of time and money. 



According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 2015 tables on job patterns for minorities and women, in 2014, minorities comprised only 14% of senior leadership positions in the private sector. Of minorities, blacks made up 3%, Latinos 4.5%, and Asian Americans 5% of senior leadership positions. 

A multi-year study by Deloitte and the Alliance for Board Diversity (ABD) shows the number of people of color who hold seats on the boards of directors at Fortune 500 companies has increased, but at a relatively slow rate with people of color holding 14% of seats.


See related Diversity Remix Blog post:

A Note About Workplace Diversity Data




Deloitte and Alliance for Board Diversity, Missing Pieces Report: The 2016 Board Diversity Census of Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 Boards, Feb. 2017.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Job Patterns for Minorities and Women in Private Industry (EEO-1), 2015 Tables.