Leadership plays a critical role in driving forward race equality according to a survey by Business in the Community.
Eighty three per cent of respondents taking part in the survey said they have someone on their board of directors who champions the cause.
Internal structures such as diversity steering groups had been put in place by 81 per cent.
But 37 per cent admitted that race is not a part of the key performance indicators for senior managers.
Allan Leighton, chairman of Race for Opportunity said, “Much remains to be done, of course, but it is clear that, with the senior level support we have identified within the survey, the journey towards achieving race equality and diversity has well and truly begun.”
The survey was part of Business in the Community’s Race for Opportunity campaign, Race: Where are we now? and is the first ever benchmark on race.
Ninety-three organisations, ranging from financial institutions to local councils, participated.