Corporate diversity is latest trend in activist investing

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Achieving diversity on corporate boards is quickly becoming the next hot spot in activist investing. At least that was the assessment of a bunch of white men speaking on a panel at the 13D Monitor’s Active-Passive Investor Summit Tuesday in Manhattan.

The irony wasn’t lost on the group, the Post reports.

“What are three white men doing talking about diversity,” Bruce Goldfarb, CEO of proxy solicitor Okapi Partners, asked the crowd — also mostly comprised of white males — leaving them seemingly bewildered.

Amid the #MeToo movement and broader discussions about equal pay, having women and minorities better represented in C-suites and on corporate boards has been a hotly discussed topic.

While representation on boards is increasing, women and minorities only account for 30.8 percent of the seats on Fortune 500 companies, according to a 2016 Deloitte study.

The thinking is that diverse representation at the top can avoid issues of discrimination and harassment throughout the company.

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