“It became clear to me that to unify the organization, it would be better for me to retire and pave the way for change,” said Parkin in a statement.
Parkin fell in the fire last one year after having declared to the employees at a meeting that she thought that the topic of racism was of the “noise” that is not discussed in the United States, according to to a report in the Wall Street Journal. It also told the employees that she did not think that, Adidas was a problem of racism, according to the report.
The career of Parkin in Adidas has lasted 23 years, according to Adidas AG, chairman of the supervisory board Igor Landau, who stated that Parkin had ” always acted in the best interest of our company and our employees “.
“His decision to leave the company reflects this commitment, and his belief that a new head of HR will advance the pace of change that Adidas needs at the present time “, said Landau in a press release.
His statements controversial earlier reported by the Newspaper have occurred shortly after an investigation by the New York Times, which revealed that less than 5% of employees in the north american headquarters of Adidas identified as Black. The few Blacks who worked there expressed the feeling of being marginalized by their employer, who sells them regularly by using designers famous black and brand ambassadors such as Beyoncé and Kanye West.
Adidas said that the CEO Kasper Rorsted would take the head of the HR department ad interim until a replacement more permanent is found.
The company has recently launched several initiatives to combat racial inequalities at both the internal and the external. By 2025, it plans to make a donation of $ 120 million to american initiatives to combat racial injustice and to support black communities.
Rorsted has recently sponsored a world committee to accelerate the inclusion and equality for Adidas, which, according to the company, includes internal decision-makers ” of different racial and ethnic backgrounds “, in the world.
Adidas has also set the objective that at least 30% of all new jobs in the United States are filled by people of black or Latin and that 20% to 23% of the roles of the company are occupied by black employee and the Latin alphabet by 2025. The company also said it expects individuals Black and Latinx will represent 12% of its leading positions in the United States.