Prada agrees to diversify its workforce in response to a 2018 blackface controversy
A New York-Based civil rights attorney had filed a complaint in 2018 with the New York City Human Rights Commission after spotting questionable dolls in a Prada store window in Soho.
Prada has reached an agreement with New York City to promote greater diversity and cultural sensitivity within the company and the fashion industry as a whole following a 2018 scandal in which it was accused of selling a line of blackface trinkets.
The high-end retailer’s executives and workers will be required to undergo anti-discrimination, diversity, inclusion, and racial equity training. The company also agreed to hire more people of color to work in positions throughout its business, according to Tuesday’s agreement with the New York City Commission on Human Rights.
Additionally, Prada will hire a permanent diversity and inclusion officer who reports directly to both the company’s CEO and its senior vice president of human resources. It will also endow a scholarship program for members of underrepresented groups looking to break into the fashion industry.
Last February, Prada tapped acclaimed film director Ava DuVernay and installation artist Theaster Gates to sit on its new diversity and inclusion advisory council, which is tasked with keeping the company’s leaders informed of racial and cultural issues that could impact its business and its consumers.