Karen Parkin, the worldwide head of human sources at Adidas AG, is retiring from the corporate following some worker complaints in regards to the sportswear large’s tradition and lack of range.
“I’ve determined to retire and pave the way in which for change,” Ms. Parkin wrote in a memo to workers, which was considered by The WSJ. She wrote that she had at all times stood towards racism and labored to create a extra equitable atmosphere, however “I acknowledge that the concentrate on me has turn into a hindrance inhibiting the corporate from shifting ahead.”
A bunch of workers at Adidas had referred to as on the corporate’s supervisory board in a letter earlier in June to investigate whether or not Ms. Parkin had taken the best strategy to deal with racial points within the office. On the time, Adidas stated, “we strongly reject all statements made within the letter to the supervisory board.”
At an all-employee assembly final yr on the Boston headquarters of Reebok, which is owned by Adidas, Ms. Parkin stated racism was “noise” that’s solely mentioned in America, and that she didn’t believe the brand had an issue with racism, the Journal has reported.