Nike‘s chief human resources officer said that the company needs to increase its representation of women and minorities at the leadership level


This announcement comes at a time when Nike’s leadership has been under fire — a few weeks ago, president Trevor Edwards resigned following reports of inappropriate workplace behavior.

CNBC reports that HR Chief Monique Matheson, wrote the following statement:

“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.”

As stated in the memo, Nike aims to increase representation at the vice president level and beyond, which will lead to a trickle-down effect for hiring more minorities and women.

In the United States, 29-percent of Nike’s vice presidents are women, while 16-percent are people of color. It’s not clear how many women who make up the 29-percent are not women of color.

According to Reuters, the global workforce of Nike is split between 52-percent men and 48-percent women.

The memo unveiled the company’s U.K. employee gender pay gap, revealing that men earned 10-percent more than women in wholesale and 3-percent more than those who work in the retail sector.

Nike stated the average pay disparity is attributed to having less U.K. women in higher-paying senior-level roles.

Matheson later expresses in detail in the memo that as a solution to providing representation across the entire company, that Nike “will launch targeted training programs, invest in a diversity sourcing team as well as ‘Unconscious Bias training’ for all managers.”