The Change Starts With Us
Here are the things we've committed to so far in order to create meaningful change at FARFETCH.
We as a company have an active role to play in eradicating systemic racism, starting within. We need to go further than just speaking out, as important as speaking out is.
We spent much of 2020 reflecting, listening and learning, by having open discussions with our Black Employee Network colleagues across our business, who have been instrumental in these conversations. We have started taking meaningful and specific actions throughout the year and embedding our Positively Inclusive strategy in everything we do.
Our values mean that we have always embraced and celebrated the differences and diversity that exists across our broad community of creators, curators and consumers of fashion. Though we started our Positively Inclusive journey some time ago, it is still clear to us that we need to accelerate the pace of change. With intentional focus on ensuring equal opportunities for all, we aim to mitigate racial biases, racism and racial inequalities wherever they show up. We are dedicated to seeing results and holding ourselves accountable.
Here are some of the actions we have taken:
We are continuing to improve Black representation and empower Black businesses, designers, labels, collaborators and creatives across our platform. We have recently increased our efforts to support Black designers through initiatives such as our dedicated edits for menswear and womenswear, and new partnerships with partners like The Folklore, the go-to luxury store for emerging African labels, which helped us introduce 10 new designers from across Africa and the diaspora to our customers. Our partnership with Nataal media brand and creative studio is dedicated to increasing our diverse storytelling around African fashion, visual arts, music and culture.
We have an active Black Employee Network (BEN) as part of our now ten global FARFETCH People Communities who support our Positively Inclusive strategy. The experiences of our Black employees are key to shaping our decision making and to ensuring that we provide additional support services, ensuring that their needs are heard and met.
We have trained our Senior Leadership team on unconscious bias and continue to roll this out to every office, for every FARFETCH employee globally. This will be followed by educational training on improving our everyday inclusion and upskilling everyone in having courageous conversations about race and racism in pursuit of becoming an anti-racist workplace.
We have set up a global anti-discrimination and harassment committee as part of our Speak Up channels, to ensure that we tackle any discrimination issues, including racial discimination, with seriousness, consistency and fairness across the globe.
We have enhanced our sourcing efforts in increasing Black and ethnic minority representation within our candidate pools. We are mitigating biases throughout the recruitment process, and have committed to providing a transparent, fair and globally consistent process through our GOFAR Framework.
We have enhanced our early careers Plug-In programs to recruit a more diverse pipeline of talent from Black and other under-represented groups into our organization including our FARFETCH Elevate internship program (US) and new graduate program (UK).
We are strengthening our learning and development programs to ensure increased Black representation, including specific mentoring and Senior sponsorship programs for our BEN community.
We are continuously measuring our progress and impact through diversity data collection and analysis.
We are proud to be partnering with the following organizations: Aspiring Solicitors, The Board Challenge, Black in Fashion Council, Black Solicitors Network, Black Young Professionals, Central St Martins, Color in Tech, Fashion Minority Alliance, Fashion Minority Report, Nataal and She Can Code.
We are continuing to support the following organisations: The Black Curriculum, Black Lives Matter Foundation, Black Minds Matter, The Center for Cultural Power, Fashion Scholarship Fund, George Floyd Memorial Fund, Justice for Breonna, Run with Maud, NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Equal Justice Initiative and UK Black Pride.
Positively Inclusive demonstrates our vision to become the platform for good in luxury fashion. We are proud to have set ourselves the goal to become a leader in conscious inclusion and committed to be the change we want to see.