‘I can’t get a seat at the table:’ Some Adidas workers say limits to advancement for Black workers contradict the brand’s inclusive outer image

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Adidas is a global company headquartered in Germany, with major offices across North America and the UK and over 60,000 employees across the globe.
Business Insider spoke to five former and current Adidas employees across the North American, UK, and German offices, all of whom cited issues with black representation within the company.
Adidas’ six-person executive board is entirely white and its 16-person supervisory board is a majority white.
An Adidas spokesperson said the company would not comment on specific internal conversations or personnel matters and referred Business Insider to CEO Kasper Rorsted’s June 9 statement, in which he said Adidas “must do more to create an environment in which all of our employees feel safe, heard and have equal opportunity to advance their careers.”
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Craig Walker says that Adidas broke his heart.

During his three years as a field visual trainer for the Adidas’ East Coast stores, Walker, who is Black, says he tried multiple times to advance to a corporate role in the company he loved working for. But he never got the chance.

In a public post on his LinkedIn, Walker described applying to about seven positions in three years but never making it to the final stages of the interview process. The former trainer told Business Insider he watched multiple positions he applied for ultimately get filled by white people.

“And I’m like, you know, I can’t get a seat at the table, I guess,” Walker said, describing his dreadlocked, golden-toothed look as “urban,” and a bit more unconventional than the typical corporate employee at Adidas, something he felt was not appealing to the hiring team there.

Now, as more employees speak up about Adidas’ internal culture as it relates to Black employees, the company is taking steps to re-examine its internal structure, announcing a commitment to filling 30% of all new positions in the US with Black and Latinx people and reviewing its internal language to distance from racial stereotypes.

Business Insider spoke to five former and current Adidas employees across the North American, UK, and German offices, all of whom cited issues with black representation within the company. Four of these employees said that opportunities for upward advancement for Black people at the company are limited.

An Adidas spokesperson said the company would not comment on specific internal conversations or personnel matters and referred Business Insider to CEO Kasper Rorsted’s June 9 statement, in which he said Adidas “must do more to create an environment in which all of our employees feel safe, heard and have equal opportunity to advance their careers.”

A problem with Black representation

One year ago, The New York Times reported that fewer than 4.5% of the 1,700 Adidas employees at the company’s Portland, Oregon, campus identified as Black, according to internal employment figures from the summer of 2018.

At the highest levels of leadership, Black representation appears to be almost entirely lacking as well. Adidas’ six-person executive board is entirely white and its 16-person supervisory board …read more

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