“It became clear to me that unifying the organization would be better for me to withdraw and pave the way for change,” Parkin said in a written note.
7;s Adidas career spanned 23 years, according to Adidas AG Supervisory Board chairman Igor Landau, who said that Parkin “has always acted in the best interest of our company and staff.”
“His decision to leave the company reflects this commitment and his belief that a new human resources leader can best drive the pace of change that Adidas needs right now,” said Landau in a written statement. .
During her release Tuesday, Parkin said she was committed to the company’s goals of becoming more “diverse, inclusive and fair”.
His previous controversial statements reported in the Journal came shortly after a New York Times investigation found that less than 5% of employees at Adidas headquarters in North America identify themselves as black. The few blacks who worked there expressed sentiment marginalized by their employer, who usually markets himself using famous black designers and brand ambassadors such as Beyoncé and Kanye West.
Adidas said 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 racial inequality both internally and externally. By 2025, he plans to donate $ 120 million to U.S. initiatives to address racial injustice and support black communities.
Rorsted recently sponsored a global committee to accelerate inclusion and equality for Adidas, which the company said it includes “different race and ethnicity” domestic decision makers around the world.
Adidas has also set a target for at least 30% of all new U.S. positions that must be held by Black or Latinx individuals and 20% -23% of corporate roles that must be held by Black and Latinx employees by 2025. The company also said it expects individuals Black and Latinx to represent 12% of its leadership positions in the United States.