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Top 100 most impactful BAME executives named in inaugural UPstanding list

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26th May 2016

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The inaugural UPstanding list, created in partnership with the FT, is the first ranking of it’s kind to wholly unite business leaders from across all BAME communities, internationally. This profiling initiative forms part of a wider campaign to shine a light on BAME business leaders who have made an impact and achieved great success and to champion those with a passion for driving the BAME agenda forward. It is produced to encourage and inspire the BAME leaders of tomorrow.

Today, just 3% of CEOs in FTSE 100 companies and 7% of AIM CEOs are not white, despite the BAME community making up 14% of the UK population meaning that ethnic diversity in British board rooms lags almost 2 decades behind female representation at the top level.

These statistics are shocking and quite frankly –unacceptable. That’s why profiling those individuals that are succeeding, in spite of this bias, as often as possible is so important.

The organisations profiled in today’s list employ over 5.3 million people worldwide. Our potential reach is huge and the impact will hopefully be felt not just in the UK and US but also in countries where equality is not a promoted agenda.

The fact is, there is a diversity deficit at the very top of organisations in both the UK and the US and we whole-heartedly believe that highlighting diverse role models and celebrating them is the most powerful way to address this as you are demonstrating to the leaders of tomorrow exactly what is possible for minority ethnic groups. The message of this list is that there should be no boundaries or barriers for your potential.

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