Spotlight on diversity: balancing ethnic bias
Drapers investigates why an ethnically diverse workforce at all levels is good for business.
For decades, people of ethnic origin have been key contributors to British fashion. But look upwards through the ranks of the industry today, and representation falls. In fact, a report by recruitment consultancy Green Park shows that, in senior management, the proportion of retail sector board members with a non-white ethnic background is 4.8%, even though the UK population is 13% non-white. In the past three years, that ratio at senior level has risen by only 1.4 percentage points.