The letter also calls for the creation of an anonymous platform where employees can report cases of racism and discrimination, as well as protection against retaliation.
“Our employees have the courage to raise their voices to people in positions of power. They have mentioned the fact that we are not representatives of the communities from which we benefit and we do not have the leadership, procedures and goals that will allow us to get there.” “” the letter reads.
The letter also called on the company’s supervisory board to “investigate whether we have the right approach and behavior from the (human resources chief) to address this issue in Adidas.” He added that officials believe it is “important that our approach to addressing these issues is shaped by our highest leadership positions, especially in Human Resources, where the goal is the health and performance of the organization.”
“Adidas and Reebok have always been and will always be against discrimination in all its forms and we are united against racism,” the company said in a statement to CNN. “Our employees at Black have led the response that we will continue to implement together and that we are committed as a company. We are now focusing on our efforts to make progress and make real changes immediately.”
He did not immediately respond to a request for comment. However, Adidas said Parkin is currently working with a coalition of employees on the company’s global commitments on diversity and inclusion.
“You’ve all seen our announcements in recent days describing what we’re committed to doing to address the cultural and systemic forces that support racism,” Parkin said in a statement released to Adidas officials last week. “We know we have to do more to create an environment where everyone feels safe, heard and with equal opportunities to advance in your career.”
The company also acknowledged last week’s announcement that its actions may be “too small, too late”.
“We celebrated the athletes and artists in the black community and used their image to define ourselves culturally as a brand, but we lost the message that reflects such a small representation on our walls,” the company said in a statement.
Some Adidas employees believe it is the company’s actions insufficient. They call on the leadership to openly apologize for the racism within the company and to be transparent about the additional measures it intends to take.
“All of the brand’s commitments to date are random changes and it does not recognize and discover why our employees continue to experience racism and discrimination,” the letter said. “Public apology and recognition is needed until the start of anti-racist work and it is the foundation for any of our ‘actions’, as a company can land effectively.”
In a statement to officials this week, Parkin said she “should have chosen a better word” during the meeting and apologized if she had offended anyone.
“As a member of the executive committee responsible for human resources, it was my responsibility to clarify our final position on discrimination, and I did not do that,” Parkin said. “My team and I are fully committed to improving our corporate culture to ensure justice, diversity and opportunity. This is a promise. That is my promise.”