• Distributors

Investment Lens

  • Minority and Disabled

Distributor Individuals: Minorities/Previously Excluded (PI8470)

Number of individuals who belong to minority or previously excluded groups and served as distributors of the organization's products/services during the reporting period.
Reporting format
Unit Referenced within Metric Definition
Metric type
Metric level
Product/Service, Organization
IRIS metric citation
IRIS, 2016. Distributor Individuals: Minorities/Previously Excluded (PI8470). v4.0.


Organizations should footnote all assumptions used as well as their categorization of minority/previously excluded groups. See usage guidance for further information.

Usage Guidance

  • This metric is intended to capture self-employed individuals who belong to a minority or previously excluded group and who sell the organization's products or services - either to other distributors (wholesale) or to the ultimate consumer (retail).
  • Distributors do not need to exclusively sell the organization's products or services. Direct employees that distribute the organization's goods or services should be considered as employees and not as distributors.
  • The categorization of minority/previously excluded groups vary by the locations and situations in which they live. Because there is no internationally agreed-upon definition as to which groups constitute minorities, in situations where well-established local policies exist (e.g., South Africa: Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) definition of previously excluded, India: based on backward caste), organizations should refer to local guidelines to identify minority or previously excluded groups. Otherwise, organizations should provide additional detail as to their tailored methodology for defining these groups.