After closely following what is happening in the US and around the world with shock and outrage, and after reading all your comments over the past few days, we are listening: to our customers, our teams and the communities supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. We are taking the time, Group-wide, to work out how best to take action to support real change, both immediately and in the long term.
We wholeheartedly condemn racism. This, as a statement on its own, has felt increasingly inadequate, so we are taking steps to affect positive cultural change with the hope of using our platform to become better advocates for racial diversity.
We are firstly looking inwards and focusing on what we need to do to ensure that we are always as truly inclusive, representative and diverse as we strive to be. Change depends on interaction, so to ensure our people have a place to be heard and to deepen the conversation about racial equality, we are setting up a Diversity & Inclusion Council. This will be powered by and for the voices of our people and create a safe space for dialogue. It will work to increase education and awareness and ensure our interactions with people, including recruitment and development, are continually challenged and strengthened.
We recognize our responsibility to use our voice and global platform to champion diversity and drive change. So, as a Group, we are creating a new Responsible Marketing Policy, reviewing our casting and our network of collaborators, and supporting and stocking more black-owned businesses with a goal of achieving greater diversity among the designers we retail.
As we work on fulfilling our ambition to create an even stronger, more diverse and inclusive brand for our colleagues, our customers and our community, we will share with you our findings, updates and progress on these programs and those still to come.
To action our solidarity, we will also be donating to @naacp_ldf
, backing and amplifying essential organizations that are paving the way to a more inclusive world.
We pledge to do better and to constantly listen, learn and grow.