Alliance for Board Joint Reports on Diversity


Founded in 2004, the Alliance for Board Diversity is a collaboration of four leadership organizations: Catalyst, The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), and LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics) .


Diversified Search, an executive search firm, is a founding partner of the Alliance and serves as advisor and facilitator. The ABD’s mission is to enhance shareholder value in Fortune 500 companies by promoting inclusion of women and minorities on corporate boards. 

The Alliance for Board Diversity believes that corporate governance can best deliver on its duty to shareholder interests when corporate boards: 

  • Include directors qualified women and minorities with diverse talents, backgrounds and perspectives.

  • Enhance public trust by acknowledging the interests of all stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, and the communities they impact with goods and services.

  • Make independent decisions based on knowledge of the external environment and how it impacts the company.

The members of the Alliance for Board Diversity are committed to the following as they pertain to women and minorities within the boardrooms of corporate America:

  • Offer referrals of qualified candidates through its member and partner organizations that can help facilitate boardroom diversification.

  • Ally with and/or support like-minded organizations that are committed to the issue of diverse boardroom composition as a vital shareholder concern, as well as with organizations that affect boardroom diversity.

  • Conduct research to measure changes in the demographic makeup within Fortune 500 boards and raise awareness of these findings.


Alliance for Board Diversity Members

About Catalyst

Catalyst is a global nonprofit working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to help build workplaces that work for women. Founded in 1962, Catalyst drives change with pioneering research, practical tools, and proven solutions to accelerate and advance women into leadership - because progress for women is progress for everyone. For more information, please visit:

About Deloitte

Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including 80 percent of the Fortune 500 and more than 6,000 private and middle market companies. Our people work across more than 20 industry sectors to deliver measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to make their most challenging business decisions with confidence, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthy society. 

Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee (“DTTL”), its network of member firms, and their related entities. DTTL and each of its member firms are legally separate and independent entities. DTTL (also referred to as “Deloitte Global”) does not provide services to clients. In the United States, Deloitte refers to one or more of the US member firms of DTTL, their related entities that operate using the “Deloitte” name in the United States and their respective affiliates. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting. Please see to learn more about our global network of member firms.

About Diversified Search

Diversified Search is the largest female-owned and-founded firm in the executive search industry, providing management advisory services focused on talent optimization and leadership. The firm has offices in nine US cities and worldwide cross-sector capabilities as the exclusive US partner of AltoPartners, an international alliance of independent search firms with 60 offices in 38 countries across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. In 2018, Diversified Search was ranked fifth in Forbes magazine’s annual ranking of the best 250 executive search firms in the United States. For more information, please visit:

About HACR

Founded in 1986, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is one of the most influential advocacy organizations in the nation representing 13 national Hispanic organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Our mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at a level commensurate with our economic contributions. To that end, HACR focuses on four areas of corporate social responsibility and market reciprocity: Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance. For more information, please visit

About LEAP

Founded in 1982, LEAP’s mission is to achieve full participation and equality for Asian and Pacific Islanders through leadership, empowerment, and policy. LEAP works to meet its mission by: Developing people, Informing society, and Empowering communities.

LEAP is the only Asian and Pacific Islander organization dedicated to cultivating a robust pipeline of leaders by encouraging individuals to assume leadership positions at work and in the community, and ultimately, to become role models for future leaders. Unmatched in vision and scope, LEAP offers leadership training and programs, publishes leadership research and conducts community education to advance a comprehensive strategy of API empowerment. For more information, please visit

About The Executive Leadership Council

The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) is the preeminent membership organization committed to increasing the number of global black executives in c-suites, on corporate boards, and in global enterprises. Our mission is to increase the number of successful black executives, domestically and internationally, by adding value to their development, leadership, and philanthropic endeavors, thereby strengthening their companies, organizations, and communities across the life cycle of their careers. For more information, please visit