Only 3 Blacks and 1 Hispanic Sit on Boards of 20 Major Tech Companies

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., right, and Catholic priest Thukni Magwaza, from South Africa, talk about the life of Nelson Mandela before a prayer vigil in honor of Mandela at the Rainbow Push Coalition headquarters on Dec. 6, 2013, in Chicago. (PHOTO CREDIT: Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press)
Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., right, and Catholic priest Thukni Magwaza, from South Africa, talk about the life of Nelson Mandela before a prayer vigil in honor of Mandela at the Rainbow Push Coalition headquarters on Dec. 6, 2013, in Chicago. (PHOTO CREDIT: Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press)

Three blacks and one Hispanic sit on the boards of 20 major technology companies.

That’s according to the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, which surveyed the companies.

In all, four out of 189 directors are black or Hispanic, the survey found.

Eleven of the 20 companies — including Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, eBay and Google — have no one of color on their boards.

Just three companies — Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce.com — have a black or Hispanic on their boards, according to the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

That means 1.6% of board members at major high-tech companies are black and .5% are Hispanic.

By way of comparison, blacks hold 7.4% and Hispanics hold 3.3% of board seats in the Fortune 500, according to the Alliance for Board Diversity.

The findings reflect a longstanding pattern of exclusion in high-tech from the corporate boards and executives to the rank-and-file, Rev. Jesse Jackson said in an interview on Friday.

He called on technology companies to set goals and timetables to add underrepresented minorities to corporate boards and across their work forces.

“These numbers are horrendous,” Jackson said. “It’s time for a change.”

The companies did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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SOURCE: USA Today
Jessica Guynn

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