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Adidas executive who described racism discussions as 'noise' is stepping down

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 27: An Adidas store in Lower Manhattan is shown on April 27, 2020 in New York City. The German sportswear maker announced today first quarter profit plunged 93 percent, saying it had taken a loss of around 250 million euros in China, purchase cancellations and higher bad debt provisions, according to published reports. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Adidas' global head of human resources, Karen Parkin, is leaving the company less than a month after a group of employees reportedly asked the company to investigate her for alleged racial discrimination.

New York (CNN Business)Adidas' global head of human resources, Karen Parkin, is leaving the company less than a month after a group of employees reportedly asked the company to investigate her for alleged racial discrimination.

She also told employees she didn't think Adidas had an issue with racism, the report stated.

Parkin's career at Adidas spanned 23 years, according to Adidas AG Chairman of the Supervisory Board Igor Landau, who said Parkin "always acted in the best interests of our company and our people. "

"Her decision to leave the company reflects that commitment and her belief that a new HR leader will best drive forward the pace of change that Adidas needs at this time," Landau said in a written statement.

On her way out Tuesday, Parkin said she is committed to the company's goals of becoming more "diverse, inclusive and equitable. "

Her prior controversial statements reported by the Journal came shortly after a New York Times investigation that found less than 5% of employees at Adidas North American headquarters identify as Black.

Rorsted recently sponsored a global Committee to Accelerate Inclusion & Equality for Adidas, which the company said includes internal decision makers "from different racial and ethnic backgrounds," around the globe.

Adidas has also set a goal for at least 30% of all new US positions to be filled by Black or Latinx individuals and for 20%-23% of corporate roles to be filled by Black and Latinx employees by 2025.

The company also said it expects Black and Latinx individuals to comprise 12% of its leadership positions in the US.

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