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Calvert Investments analyzed the diversity of the S&P 100, 100 of the country's major corporations. And the report published Thursday by the investment management firm found that the pipeline to the top isn't just leaky for women, but full of gaping holes. While women are hired about as much as men, they make up just 8 percent of the highest-paid executives. The report ranked the S&P 100 according to various criteria, including their diversity at the top level and their diversity programs.
At the very bottom: Warren Buffett's firm
With just 5 points out of 100, Warren Buffett's multinational conglomerate, Berkshire Hathaway came in dead last. It may be the first time that investing legend Buffett (pictured above) has come at the wrong end of any business list. And it's not that Buffett is unaware that women have long been excluded from his industry. He once famously remarked that he was "privileged to work during a period when it was only necessary to compete against half of the population."
Rounding out the lowest 10 are: four energy companies; America's largest commercial real estate company, Simon Property Group; tobacco behemoth Philip Morris; pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences; industrial manufacturer Emerson Electric; and eBay.
Another surprising CEO ranking poorly
It's ironic that eBay ranks so poorly since Meg Whitman's 10-year tenure as eBay's CEO has been seen as a landmark for women.
At the other end of the spectrum, the report spotlighted Citigroup Inc., Merck & Co., Coca-Cola Co. and JPMorgan Chase for their commitment to diversity.
CEOs try to keep their numbers secret
While most of the top companies had diversity programs, the report found that these don't seem to translate into promotions. But it's hard to tell. Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, companies must submit the demographic data of their employees to the federal government. But only seven of the 100 companies let the public take a full peek.
When CNNMoney asked the 20 leading tech companies for their diversity data, just two of them -- Dell and Intel -- agreed.
You can't hide a lack of diversity at the very top
White men, who make up just 38 percent of the population, run 91 percent of the S&P 100. (Energy companies appear to be the least welcoming of high-powered women.) But PepsiCo is the clear standout: Among the top five highest-paid executives is just one white man and a CEO who is both female and Indian-American.
Women and minorities are making better gains in the boardroom
Ninety-eight of the companies have at least one woman on their board of directors, and 86 percent have at least one member of a minority group. And at 71 percent of these companies, these women and minorities aren't so lonely -- with at least two other women or minority members at the table too.
Last year, the European Union adopted a proposal to require 40 percent of company board members to be female by 2020. But as the Calvert report shows, the U.S. would be unlikely to meet that standard. Over half of S&P companies don't even say that they look for diversity in their boards. Some are even hostile to the idea.
This might be a clue as to why the company scored so miserably on a diversity list.
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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.
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