For our 40th birthday and beyond, we're looking ahead to the next 40 years by welcoming new people to the outdoors, whether that be their local park, front yard, or places off the beaten path.
We are focused on increasing diversity hires and have increased to 10%. Additionally, our teams participated in cultural sensitivity training and completed an internal audit to better understand how and where to drive progress.
We are updating agency and partner policies to include diverse representation and hired 3 new minority owned agencies this year. We completed an internal marketing audit to help carve our path forward.
We conducted an outdoor audit at global levels and will be publishing later this summer.
We established a new Merrell retail task force to build an action plan for owned stores and implemented new signage communicating our commitment to inclusivity.
We were the first outdoor brand to sell mixed size pairs of shoes with Zappos Adaptive in Nov. 2020
We launched our Unlikely Hikers boot collaboration designed in an ungendered colorway and available in wide widths and hard-to-find sizes. This collaboration further welcomes the underrepresented outdoorsperson to explore confidently.
Our new partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters will bring more awareness and increase equity for all youth, who may not have adequate access to nature, natural parks, or public trails.
Merrell Ambassador and 18-year career educator, Mirna Valerio, led a half-day session for our team on Identity, Social Justice, and Antiracism.
We completed an Internal Culture Audit to help us understand where we should focus our DEI trainings as well as new processes and protocol to build a more inclusive culture at Merrell.
We completed a marketing audit to assess and benchmark our current assets to ensure future materials are reflective of diverse communities as relative to regional populations. We plan to repeat this Audit annually to gauge progress and use 2020 as a benchmark year.
In Q1 2021 we launched a Paid Jedi Advisory Council to guide our efforts and add authenticity to the work we're looking to accomplish.