The ABD Census provides benchmark data that assesses the current status of woman and minorities on boards. The reports analyzes data based on race, gender and trends relative to overall diversity; as well as the comparative differences in rates of
representation among minorities and women board directors of the top US companies.
Missing Pieces Report: The 2016 Board Diversity Census of Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 Boards
Despite modest gains, Women and minorities see little change in representation on Fortune 500 Boards. Almost 70 percent of Fortune 500 board seats still held by Caucasian/white men; collectively, women and minorities comprise an all-time high of 30.8 percent of board seats among Fortune 500 companies, up from 26.7 percent in 2012. Minority men and women have experienced only slight gains in the last six years, since the ABD first started tracking Fortune 500 board diversity in 2010, up from 12.8 percent in 2010 to 14.4 percent in 2016. The total number of board seats also has not changed much during this time; there were 5,440 total board seats in the Fortune 500 in 2016, compared to 5,463 in 2010.
Missing Pieces: Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 Boards
2012 Alliance for Board Diversity Census, August 15, 2013
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