Parkin said in a written statement: “For me, it is clear that it is better to unify the organization, for me to retire and pave the way for change.”
According to Igor Landau, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Adidas AG, Parkin̵
7;s 23-year career in Adidas said that Parkin “always acts in the best interests of the company and its employees.”
Landau said in a written statement: “Her decision to leave the company reflects this commitment and firmly believes that the new HR executive will best promote the pace of change Adidas needs at this time.”
Parkin said on her way out on Tuesday that she is committed to achieving the company’s goal of “more diversity, inclusiveness and fairness.”
Shortly after the New York Times investigation found that less than 5% of employees at Adidas’ North American headquarters were identified as Black, the Wall Street Journal reported on her previously controversial statement. The few black people working there Said to be marginalized by employers, who often use well-known black designers and brand ambassadors such as Beyoncé and Kanye West for marketing.
Adidas said that CEO Kasper Rorsted will take over as interim head of human resources until a more permanent replacement is found.
The company recently launched several initiatives aimed at addressing internal and external racial inequalities. By 2025, it plans to donate $120 million to the United States’ initiative to address racial injustice and support black communities.
Rorsted recently sponsored a global committee to promote adidas’ inclusion and equality. The committee said that its members include internal decision makers from “different ethnic and ethnic backgrounds” around the world.
Adidas also set a goal that by 2025, at least 30% of new jobs in the United States will be filled by black or Latino employees, while 20% to 23% of company jobs will be filled by black and Latino employees. Black and Latino people are expected to account for 12% of their leadership positions in the United States.