Adidas employees want the company to investigate the head of the Human Resources in response to racial issues

Adidas exec, Karen Parkin, who said racism talks were “noise”, gave way

“It became clear to me that for the unification of the organization, it would be better for me to retire and pave the way for change,” Parkin said in a written statement.

Parkin came under fire last a year after she told officials during a meeting that she thought racism was a “noise” discussed only in the United States, according to to report in the Wall Street Journal,, She too told officials he did not believe Adidas had a problem with racism, the report said.

Parkin’s career at Adidas spans 23 years, according to Igor Landau, chairman of Adidas AG’s supervisory board, who said that Parkin “has always acted in the best interests of our company and our people.”

“Her decision to leave the company reflects this commitment and her belief that a new human resources leader will achieve the best pace of change that Adidas needs at the moment,” Landau said in a written statement.

Speaking on Tuesday, Parkin said he was committed to making the company more “diverse, comprehensive and equitable”.

Her previous conflicting statements, reported by the magazine, appeared shortly after a New York Times investigation which found less than 5% of employees at Adidas headquarters in North America identify as black. The few blacks who worked there expressed the feeling that they were marginalized by their employer, which is routinely marketed, using famous Black designers and brand ambassadors like them. Beyonce and Kanye West.

Adidas has said CEO Casper Rorsted will take over as acting HR until a more permanent replacement is found.

The company recently launched several initiatives aimed at tackling racial inequality both internally and externally. By 2025, it plans to donate $ 120 million to US initiatives aimed at racial injustice and in support of black communities.

Rorsted recently sponsored a global committee to accelerate inclusion and equality for Adidas, which the company said includes insiders making decisions “of different racial and ethnic backgrounds” around the world.

Adidas has also set a goal at least 30% of all new full-time positions in the United States will be filled by Black or Latinx individuals and 20% -23% of corporate roles will be filled by Black and Latinx employees by 2025. The company also said it expects Black and Latinx individuals to make up 12% of their leadership positions in the United States.

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