How Are Wall Street’s Biggest Banks Doing When It Comes to Diversity? Congress Is Not Impressed
The House Financial Services Committee has spoken—and it says Wall Street needs to step up when it comes to including women and minorities.
After hosting a who’s who of big bank CEOs over a round of hearings this past spring, the HFSC released an analysis on Tuesday of diversity data and policies from some of the nation’s largest financial institutions—including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Citigroup and Wells Fargo.
While it won’t come as a great surprise to those who follow the financial services industry, the data shows that banks are lagging significantly when it comes to including women and minorities in their senior leadership. Women comprise only 29% of the board of directors at the biggest Wall Street banks, while minorities represent only 17% of board seats—this despite women being 50%, and minorities 40%, of the U.S. population.
With not one female or minority CEO at the helm of a U.S. “megabank,” Wall Street’s leadership continues to be heavily white and male. In fact, women and minorities combined comprise less than 25% of all senior leadership positions at the big banks, the HFSC said.
It also appears that the banks have yet to make improving their diversity practices a priority. None of the major megabanks employ a chief diversity officer reporting directly to their CEO, according to the committee, while only 1 out of 25,000 bank employees are dedicated to diversity practices. (read more)