Jul 1, 2020

George Floyd: Adidas human resources boss quits amid racism row

The head of human resources at sportswear giant Adidas has resigned amid a row over the firm's corporate culture and lack of diversity. Karen Parkin is a British citizen who had worked at Adidas for more than 20 years. Her exit follows protests by Adidas staff over a comment she reportedly made at an internal meeting last year. Ms Parkin said at a meeting for employees at the headquarters of Adidas brand Reebok last year that the issue of racism was "Noise" that was talked about only in the US. Her resignation is one of the most high profile corporate moves yet as the death of Mr Floyd in May has intensified the focus on the discussion over racism and inequality around the world. Adidas has previously said that it would take action to address issues of diversity and inclusion.

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