CFDA Issues Statement on Racism in the Fashion Industry
The association commits to promoting diversity through donations, inclusion training and employment programs.
The CFDA has issued an official statement responding to the state of racism in the U.S. and how it carries over into the fashion industry. Signed by CFDA CEO Steven Kolb and Chairman Tom Ford, the open letter begins by acknowledging the “deplorable acts of racism and violence that we have seen play out in our country over this past week.”
“Having a clear voice and speaking out against racial injustice, bigotry and hatred is the first step, but this is not enough…Our industry is in pain and it is not enough to simply say that we stand in solidarity with those who are discriminated against. We must do something,” the statement continues. The letter goes on to list steps the CFDA will take to promote diversity in fashion.
The organization will create an in-house employment program tasked with identifying Black talent and placing them in all sectors of the industry. Internship and mentorship programs will also pair Black students and recent graduates with established companies. The CFDA will additionally implement a Diversity and Inclusion training program and lastly, has pledged to donate to organizations including the NAACP and Campaign Zero.
The letter ends by challenging retailers to “ensure that their roster of brands and their product assortment is representative of the Black talent within the industry.”
Head to the CFDA website to read the full statement.