STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

H&M hires diversity manager

H&M has appointed a diversity manager after dealing with the fallout from using a black child to advertise a hoodie w...

Posted: Jan. 18, 2018 3:40 AM
Updated: Jan. 18, 2018 3:40 AM

H&M has appointed a diversity manager after dealing with the fallout from using a black child to advertise a hoodie with the slogan "coolest monkey in the jungle."

H&M announced that it appointed company insider Annie Wu as "Global Leader for Diversity and Inclusiveness" for H&M group.

"The recent incident was entirely unintentional, but it demonstrates so clearly how big our responsibility is as a global brand," H&M said in a message posted to its social media accounts. "Our commitment to addressing diversity and inclusiveness is genuine, therefore we have appointed a global leader, in this area, to drive our work forward."

H&M would not explain to CNNMoney what her new job responsibilities will be. Wu will also continue in her job as the company's global manager for employee relations, according to a company spokeswoman.

Wu's appointment occurs just days after the company was chastised on social media for its ad in an online British catalog featuring a black child wearing a hoodie with the slogan "coolest monkey in the jungle."

Related: H&M apologizes for "coolest monkey" hoodie ad

H&M took down the ad and no longer sells the hoodie, which it says it "recycled." The company apologized for the incident on January 9: "We have got this wrong and we are deeply sorry."

A few days later, on January 13, H&M closed its stores in South Africa after protesters swarmed locations there. Two musicians - Gerald Gillum, known as G-Eazy, and Abel Tesfaye, known as The Weeknd, cut their business ties with H&M.

Article Comments

Eugene
Few Clouds
42° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 42°
Corvallis
Clear
40° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 40°
Roseburg
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 45°
North Bend
Broken Clouds
43° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 43°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events

 

 

 

 Ask the Banker 

  Enter Contests