Company's global workforce is 50% female but 71% of the company’s vice presidents are men and 84% of its US vice presidents are white.
Sara Germano wrote:
Nike Inc.’s top human-resources executive told employees Wednesday that the sportswear giant “has failed to gain traction” in hiring and promoting women and minorities, weeks after complaints of inappropriate workplace behavior led to a leadership shake-up.
In a memo to staff reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Monique Matheson wrote that the company wants “to create a culture of true inclusion. As part of our plan, we need to improve representation of women and people of color.”
“While we’ve spoken about this many times, and tried different ways to achieve change, we have failed to gain traction—and our hiring and promotion decisions are not changing senior-level representation as quickly as we have wanted,” she wrote....
Ms. Matheson, a 20-year Nike veteran who was chief talent and diversity officer before being promoted in July, wrote that the company would change how it hires and promotes staff. Among the changes, she wrote, Nike will seek to “remove bias from critical moments of the hiring process” by enabling blind resume reviews and eliminating the collection of salary histories.