We’ve laid the foundation and are driving our culture of inclusion and belonging to deliver the best experience possible across our employee life cycle.
Truths, stories and new perspectives to bring us together: Another forum we leverage for sharing and social listening is our bespoke DE&I speaker series, Denim Table Talks. This quarterly series is hosted by the DE&I team and features thought leaders, activists and employees having timely, honest and provocative conversations about identity, culture and current events. These one-hour conversations include curated questions that encourage guests to share their stories, challenges, truths, and passion for fashion.
In 2021, we sat at the table with:
The inspiration heard around the world! The opportunity to bring employees together virtually to be vulnerable about our struggles, learn from each other, get inspired by incredible speakers and hear from key LS&Co. leaders is what Seen & Heard is all about. Our annual virtual women’s conference (which is open to all employees regardless of gender, identity or level) is one of our most beloved traditions and offers exciting opportunities for collaborative listening, learning and resilience building.
In 2021, our theme was “Seen & Heard & Amplified” as we recognized the opportunity for lifting women’s voices after more than a year of navigating a punishing global pandemic that had a disproportionate impact on women and marginalized communities.
Our speaker line-up was electric and inspirational! Some of the speakers who most resonated with our employees included:
Seen & Heard & Amplified 2021 inspired discussions around using your voice, overcoming challenges, navigating change, asking for help and looking within to our LS&Co. community for resources and connection across functions and markets. Some of our employees’ most valuable takeaways and sentiments from this year’s conference:
The Day of Understanding and Day of Enlightenment: In 2017, our CEO Chip Bergh, signed onto the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion. This is a pledge signed by over 2000 member organizations across 85 industries and represents a commitment to equity by over 13 million employees.
This initiative was founded on a shared belief that diversity, equity and inclusion is a societal issue, not a competitive one, and that collaboration and bold action from the business community – especially CEOs – is vital to driving change at scale.
As part of LS&Co.’s commitment, each year we participate in The Day of Understanding. This special, one-day event brings employees together to participate in candid conversations that generate empathy, build cultural competence, and provide opportunities for learning and sharing. In 2021 our day consisted of:
This year for the first time ever, we also participated in the Day of Enlightenment, a day established to honor the life of George Floyd – whose murder became a catalyst for a worldwide movement in support of Black Lives, inclusion, racial justice and equality.
On this day, we suspended all product-related posts on our brand social channels and shared a message of solidarity for equality, acknowledging how much work is still to be done to achieve racial equity and justice. Internally, we sent a message of remembrance to employees encouraging them to take action for inclusion by visiting our Giving Back Portal and supporting one of many organizations advocating for Black Lives and racial justice.