PVH, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, along with 29 other brands recently participated in the 2021 Black In Fashion Council (BIFC) Survey after signing the BIFC pledge to advance ongoing efforts to achieve equity and racial justice through our Inclusion and Diversity strategy. This is the first of three years we committed to participate in the annual survey, which assesses a company’s current Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) policies and practices.
The survey evaluated four major criteria including Workplace Nondiscrimination, Building an Inclusive Culture, Engaging the Black Community, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Participants were then placed into one of three tiers - Building, Foundational, and Innovative - , representing the current state of the company’s I&D evolution based on their survey results.
Building: Indicated a willingness to prioritize diversity and inclusion, but failed to report adequate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives and strategies
Foundational: Evidenced a strategic commitment to the development of diversity and inclusion, but the resulting strategies were lacking in key areas
Innovative: Indicated that participants had (1) a strong understanding of DEI best practices, (2) targeted strategies for implementing these practices, and (3) corporate awareness of the key DEI challenges and how to address them.
PVH achieved Innovative recognition in two categories: Engaging the Black Community and Building an Inclusive Culture. These two categories highlight companies that have Resource Groups for Black employees and allies, such as our BRAAVE Business Resource Group, and companies that feature inclusive content through advertising campaigns, influencer talent and support for philanthropic efforts throughout the black community. Both Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger prominently feature members of the BIPOC community to represent the wide-ranging diversity of our consumers. Examples include but are not limited to:
In the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) category, PVH was rated Foundational. This category focuses on company-wide diversity through partnering with diverse supplier groups and an inclusive board that includes Black representation. As part of our I&D Commitments announced earlier this year, we have a goal to establish a formal corporate supplier diversity program in the U.S. and other applicable regions by 2022.
Under the Workplace Non-Discrimination category, PVH scored in the Building tier of recognition. This category focuses on a company’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policies and the specific language and policies within the EEO.
PVH is dedicated to achieving greater Inclusion and Diversity within our organization, and we strive to be leaders in our industry. As PVH looks for ways to improve our Inclusion and Diversity efforts, we will leverage the results of this report for guidance. We will continue to support partnerships such as BIFC, and co-create action plans to strive towards achieving our goals.
Learn more about the Black in Fashion Council and our commitment to driving industry change here.