CFDA Launches Racial Equality Initiative.
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The fashion industry has faced years of criticism for racism, with no black CEO’s across major brands, and an insufficient support of black designers.
But following the murder of George Floyd, and a global demand for change, companies have started to re-evaluate their approach. Yesterday, the CFDA outlined new initiatives in the fight against systemic racism.
First, they announced an in-house employment program aimed at placing black talent across all sectors of the fashion business, to achieve a more racially balanced industry.
Next, the CFDA will be creating a mentorship and internship program to help black students and graduates find a place in established companies within the fashion sector. They will also be implementing a diversity and inclusion training program.
And finally, they will be making immediate contributions to organisations aimed at “equalizing the playing field for the black community”.
In a joint statement, Tom Ford and CEO Steven Kolb, stated “it is not enough to simply say that we stand in solidarity with those who are discriminated against. We must do something.”
There’s certainly no doubt that these changes are long overdue. What do you think of the new initiatives? Let us know below.
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