Mark Parker held an internal meeting to apologise for a problematic corporate culture that marginalised women and minorities. The Wall Street Journalreports that Parker met with Nike employees on Thursday at the Beaverton’s Tiger Woods Conference Centre and addressed issues that led to a number of executives leaving the company.
The problems came to light after women within Nike distributed a survey that collected accounts of sexism, wage gaps and sexual harassment. According to WSJ, Trevor Edwards (Nike's now ex-president/ex-employee) was a key perpetrator. He would favour men over women, and promote those close to him to such an extent that other employees nicknamed the clique ‘FOT’, meaning ‘friends of Trevor’.
This apology comes after Nike promoted senior female employees to executive positions, a move that will hopefully beget a larger cultural shift within Nike.