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A Majority of Fortune 1000 Boardrooms Lack a Latino Perspective

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A Majority of Fortune 1000 Boardrooms Lack a Latino Perspective

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In 2021, there were still no Latinos on the boards of more than two-thirds of Fortune 1000 companies.

More than two-thirds of Fortune companies do not have a Latino director on their board, according to a new report, Latino Representation on Fortune 1000 Boards, 2022 editionby the Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA) and KPMG, LLP.

While nearly 1 in 5 U.S. residents are Latino, in 2021, only 31% of Fortune 1000 companies had a Latino director on their board, up from 23% in 2019. Just 4% of Fortune 1000 boards had two Latino directors and a mere 1% had three or more.

“Many boardrooms are missing out on key market insight by not seeking Hispanic/Latino directors for their boards. At $2.7 trillion, the Latino GDP serves as an engine of economic growth. Companies would be wise to include a Latino perspective in their boardroom,” stated Elizabeth Oliver-Farrow, LCDA Board Chair. “Following a decades-long impasse, LCDA has contributed to notable progress with the strongest number of Latinos appointments in the last three years. Yet still in 21st Century America, it is unacceptable that Hispanics/Latinos remain the least tapped and most underrepresented group in America’s corporate boardrooms,” continued Oliver-Farrow.

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This annual report is part of an ongoing partnership between the LCDA and KPMG that measures Latino representation on Fortune 1000 boards by industry and by the states in which companies are headquartered. It also researched the gender, age, board, and committee service of Latino directors.

Latino Board Representation:

Approximately 5% of Fortune 1000 boards have two or more Latinos, an increase of 2 percentage points since 2019.

Findings by Gender:

  • Approximately one quarter of all directors serving on public Fortune 1000 company boards are female. By comparison, 33% of the Latino directors serving on the boards of public Fortune 1000 companies are female. This represents a slight increase since 2020, when 30% of the Latino directors on public Fortune 1000 company boards were female.

Findings by Industry:

  • The food, beverages, and tobacco; engineering and construction; and business services industries have the highest percentage of companies with at least one Latino director on their boards

Findings by State:

  • Texas and California have nearly 40% of residents who are Latino; however, Latinos hold only 4% of board seats of companies headquartered there.
  • In Florida where 26% of residents are Latino, Latinos hold 6% of public Fortune 1000 board seats.

This new report and our inaugural report show that there has been minimal change in the findings by industry and state, despite the Latino growth in these states and ongoing efforts on diversity and equity. 

“Boards today need diverse perspectives to drive rich boardroom conversations and decision-making,” said Susan Angele, KPMG Board Leadership Center Senior Advisor and LCDEF board member and programs committee chair. “Latinos play a major role in the economy as employees, consumers, and business owners. Latino consumers contribute $2.7 trillion to the U.S. GDP, yet only a third of Fortune 1000 companies include a Latino perspective in the boardroom.”

“As part of the solution, LCDA is changing the narrative and leading with talent. With over 500+ experienced and board-ready members, plus, access to thousands more, there is ample talent primed for board leadership,” said Esther Aguilera, LCDA President and CEO.

LCDA provides an online tool, LatinoBoardTracker.org, that tracks Latino representation on Fortune 1000 boards. The tool raises awareness of the underrepresentation of Latinos on the boards of America’s largest companies.

Source: Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA) and KPMG Board Leadership Center

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