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There are 316 men leading top commodity houses and only 14 women

Less than five percent of the executives leading the world's biggest commodity houses are women. The disparity between men and women in leadership at commodities traders is wider than most financial institutions.

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In the top echelons of leadership at the world's biggest commodity traders, less than 5 percent are women.

It's a statistic that shows gender inequality in a USD 2 trillion business that buys, sells and transports everything from oil to sugar to copper, supplying the global economy with raw materials. Some of the industry's titans – Glencore Plc, Vitol Group and Trafigura Group – have no women in senior executive roles.

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