The ABD Census provides benchmark data that assesses the current status of woman and minorities on boards. The reports analyzes data based on race and gender of board directors of the top US companies and provides the snapshots of diversity of American Boardroom.
Missing Pieces: Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 Boards
2010 Alliance for Board Diversity Census, July 21, 2011
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The Alliance for Board Diversity report, Missing Pieces: Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 Corporate Boards, shows that women and minorities are severely underrepresented on Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 corporate boards. In the Fortune 100, between 2004 and 2010, white men lost four board seats, slightly decreasing their share of seats from 71.2% to 69.9%. Minorities and women shared the remainder, with very few seats occupied by Hispanics, Asian Pacific Islanders, or minority women. Among minority men, Asian Pacific Islander men gained 12 seats, African-American men lost 5 seats, and Hispanic men lost 3 seats. White women gained 11 seats, Asian Pacific Islander women and Hispanic women each gained 3 seats, and African-American women lost 1 seat. Women gained 16 board seatsó5 occupied by minority womenóbut the 1.1 percentage point increase for women on corporate boards over 6 years was not appreciable.
In 2010, Fortune 500 corporate boards were less diverse than those in the Fortune 100. Men held nearly 85% of all board seats. White men continued to dominate the boardroom, holding 74.5% of board seats. Minority men held 9.9% of board seats. White women held 12.7% of seats, and minority women held only 3% of seats. Specifically, African-American women held 1.9% of Fortune 500 board seats; Hispanic women held 0.7%; Asian Pacific Islander women held 0.3%; African-American men held 5.7%; Hispanic men held 2.3%; and Asian Pacific Islander men held 1.8%.
2008 Women and Minorities on Fortune 100 Boards Report
2005 Women and Minorities on Fortune 100 Boards Report