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‘Increase black and minority staff numbers’, business minister warns listed companies

Britain’s biggest companies have been urged to increase the number of black and minority ethnic people they employ - with hints that legislation could come to ensure this happens if improvements do not come voluntarily.

Business Minister Margot James has written to all FTSE 350 businesses asking them to take up the recommendations in a government review published last month which found that black and minority ethnic (BME) groups are being held back in the workplace because of their skin colour.

Her letter comes after Tesco's chairman recently sparked controversy by claiming that white men have become “an endangered species” on British companies’ boards.

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May 10, 2017

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