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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Representing the 5th District of MISSOURI

Congressman Cleaver Joins CBC Task Force in Demand for Greater Diversity in Corporate America

May 16, 2017
Press Release
In Fortune 500 Cos., African Americans hold 119 board seats, Caucasians, 993.

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II joined the Congressional Black Caucus Diversity Task Force in sending a letter to corporate officials highlighting the need for greater diversity in the private sector. In the letter, the Members requested a meeting with the following organizations to discuss the issue: the US Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, the Investment Company Institute, and the Organization for International Investment.

“It troubles me that in the year 2017 we are still fighting for inclusion in a corporate culture that should welcome the diverse knowledge of others. African Americans have been great contributors to the financial and technology sector of this nation and should be included at all levels of corporate America. Additionally, along with a number of my CBC colleagues, we have advocated for greater African-American diversity in the tech sector and rest assured, we will continue to push tech industry CEOs for less talk and more results.” said Congressman Cleaver.

The letter, which can be found here, CBC Corporate Diversity Letter.pdf, specifically calls out the need for greater diversity in corporate boards, C-Suites, supplier chains, and the advocacy community.

“There are currently only four companies in the S&P 500 with Black chief executives. This is abysmal. There are thousands of eligible Black executives that can provide excellent leadership to organizations immediately. We want to see results. We need to see a true commitment to making the leadership of America’s most successful firms look more like America, “ the letter states.

It is important to have diverse policy advocates in order to add perspective to the various policy debates that are underway in the Capitol. We will keep you informed on any new developments.

See study on diversity from the Deloitte Alliance for Board Diversity, Diversity Board Study.pdf

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and also a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here. For more information, please contact Heather Frierson at 816-842-4545 or