A new report finds that board members pay lip service to the importance of diversity but do not think that lack of diversity is a significant problem.
Demographic diversity remains an essential goal in that gender and racial differences are key determinants of a person’s experiences, attitudes, frame of reference, and point of view.
As the next finding reveals, however, respondents do not see demographic diversity as enough.
Nine in ten respondents agree that gender and racial diversity alone does not produce the diversity required for an organization to be innovative or disruptive. This may be surprising, given that gender and racial differences are generally seen as contributing to diverse perspectives. Yet those contributions may be tempered if recruiting and selection methods skew toward candidates with the backgrounds and experiences of white males with executive experience.
Source: 2017 Board Diversity Survey