Burberry announces new diversity and inclusion measures. Burberry are following in the footsteps of Prada and Gucci by adopting concrete measures to improve inclusion and diversity within the company, following the outcry over their ‘noose’ hoodie at London Fashion Week.
Burberry’s chief executive Marco Gobetti said in an official statement for the brand: “At Burberry, we have always sought to build a culture that is diverse, open and inclusive and one where all perspectives are valued,”
“The distress we caused with one of our products last week has shown us that we are not where we need or want to be. We are determined to learn from this and have spoken with our employees, experts and communities we impacted, we have developed a plan to increase our consciousness and understanding of social issues and fully embrace diversity and inclusion.”
To increase their understanding of a range of sensitive topics, the brand will be rolling out additional training for all employees.
It will also establish employee councils and create an advisory board.
And to attract a diverse line-up of talent, they plan of expanding their creative arts scholarship internationally – with a goal of providing 50 graduates full-time employment – and they plan of expanding Burberry Inspire (their in-school arts and culture programme designed to help young people overcome challenging circumstances).
The fashion house will continue to actively support organisations which promote diversity and inclusion and charities such as Samaritans.
Burberry announces new diversity and inclusion measures