Nike Aims to Reform Lack of Diversity Within Workplace
In early April, Nike’s Human Resources Chief, Monique Matheson, sent out a workplace memo claiming that the company has been unsuccessful in “gaining traction” in the recruitment and promotion of more minorities and women into senior-level positions.
The Nike company has recently faced allegations of gender discrimination and misconduct. These accusations have led to the displacement of numerous senior executives within the company, including the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Antoine Andrews. Additionally, Trevor Edwards, Nike Brand President, resigned after twenty-five years with the company.
Nike is currently increasing funding for programs and management training to improve the equality and to increase the number of opportunities for women and minorities at the company. The core values that Nike holds high are respect, inclusiveness, and empowerment, so the company is vigorously working towards living up to those ideals.
Over 10,000 managers globally are required to complete diversity and unconscious bias training for all employees. Also, the company is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint by focusing on the environmental impacts they have on different communities.
Hopefully we will see Nike taking big strides in the improvement of the company both culturally and environmentally in the near future.