A report of the UK’s top retailers finds 69% have no women in their top three positions despite women making up most of the workforce.
A study of over 200 retailers by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), PwC and MBS Group reveals that 69% of them have only men in their top three leadership positions.
More than one in five retailers have no women on their boards, and 15% have no women on their executive committees. This is despite women making up 58% of the retail workforce. Black or ethnic minority executives make up only 4.5% of retail boards, compared with 12.5% of the general UK population.
The report has prompted over 50 retailers, including John Lewis, Asda and Sainsbury’s to pledge “decisive action” to improve diversity. Alongside Morrison’s, WHSmith and Boots, they have signed up to the Diversity and Inclusion charter drawn up by the BRC to pledge their commitment to address the issue.
Katy Bennett, director for inclusion and diversity consulting at PwC UK, said: “It’s very encouraging to see so many retail companies committed to improving their diversity and inclusion at a time when issues surrounding gender, race and ethnicity in the workplace are in sharp focus.”