FTSE 100 companies still failing to increase ethnic diversity leadership: Britain’s top businesses must do more than just talk about change
7th June 2018 2 minutes read
Raj Tulsiani, CEO and co-founder of Green Park, one of Europe’s fastest growing Executive Search and Interim Management consultancies, has been named in The EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Executives List, presented by the FT. He is the first specialist executive recruiter to secure a place on the EMpower list.
The 100 Ethnic Minority Executives category recognises 100 senior role models across Europe and North America* who are helping make the workplace a more welcoming place for ethnic minority employees.
Raj was nominated for the independently judged list because of his reputation as a diversity champion within the recruitment industry. Recent achievements include placing the UK public sector’s most diverse board in history and improving the diversity, inclusion and hiring strategies of some of the UK’s leading organisations.
Green Park published its first ‘FTSE 100 Diversity Index’ in 2017, ranking the top FTSE-listed companies by their commitment and success to improving the gender and ethno-cultural composition of their leadership. It also launched ‘The Colour of Power’ alongside Operation Black Vote, which was the UK’s first visual depiction of the most powerful figures across the Public, Private and Third Sectors, showing a shocking lack of diversity and sparking national media debate.
A recognised thought leader in executive diversity, Raj has contributed to many government-backed landmark diversity reviews. These include ‘The Parker Review’, a study into the ethnic diversity of UK Boards, calling for each FTSE 100 Board to have at least one director of colour by 2021.
Through this initiative he is helping the government lobby for legislative change that calls for the Financial Reporting Council to require all major companies to publish their data annually so that their employees, investors and customers have a clear understanding of their achievements, or lack thereof, at increasing diversity, including BAME, representation.
Raj comments on his inclusion in the The EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Executives List, presented by the FT: “We established Green Park more than 10 years ago to set a new benchmark for the Executive Search and Interim Management industry by helping to remove the barriers that stop organisations from realising the benefits of a diverse workforce. It’s great to be recognised for that contribution and for the success of Green Park which has been very much a team effort and reflects the hard work and commitment of our own diverse workforce.”