Abercrombie & Fitch

“Diversity and inclusion are key to our organization’s success. We are determined to have a diverse culture, throughout our organization, that benefits from the perspectives of each individual.” -John Gabrielli, Senior Vice President


Diversity & Inclusion


“Diversity and inclusion are key to our organization’s success. We are determined to have a diverse culture, throughout our organization, that benefits from the perspectives of each individual.” -John Gabrielli, Senior Vice President


  • OUR COMMITMENT

    At Abercrombie & Fitch, we approach each day with an inclusive mindset, embracing all backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and thinking styles. We value what makes each of our customers, associates, shareholders, communities and business partners unique. We leverage these differences to fuel our culture and strengthen our brands. We recognize that protecting and supporting diversity- in all of its forms- is not only important for business, but is simply the right thing to do.

  • WHAT IT MEANS TO US

    At Abercrombie & Fitch, we approach diversity and inclusion from a very broad perspective, recognizing that there are 25 different dimensions of diversity that make up who we are.

    In short, we define diversity and inclusion as follows:

    Diversity is about who you are as an individual – what's seen and unseen. It also includes the rich differences between individuals such as race, gender, family, sexual orientation, work experience, physical ability, and religion.

    Inclusion is about embracing those differences, and thoughtfully and enthusiastically enabling those differences to equally contribute.

  • DIVERSITY & INCLUSION TEAM

    WHAT WE DO

    •Provide perspective on how to attract a more diverse customer, associate, and shareholder

    •Work toward making A&F an inclusive environment that values the differences of its associates and customers

    •Promote the idea that diversity and inclusion yield creativity and innovation, which helps to maintain market position


    WHAT WE FOCUS ON

    •Protecting the brand and preventing reputation risk by fostering and sustaining an inclusive environment

    •Developing critical leadership skills, cultural awareness and cultural competency among our management teams

    •Supporting the company's international expansion by educating our associates on country-specific cultural norms and customs


  • INITIATIVES

    DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION WEEK
    During Diversity & Inclusion Week, we engage thousands of our store associates from across the world in activities to build familiarity, comfort and trust with one another. This week is designed to promote a strong sense of inclusion among associates while also educating them on the Office of Diversity & Inclusion’s strategy and initiatives.

    DIVERSITY & INCLUSION TRAINING PROGRAM
    The Diversity & Inclusion Training Program focuses on providing continuous learning around diversity and inclusion principles. Training and education is at the core of our diversity & inclusion strategy and has played an integral role in the progress we’ve experienced as a company. We place a strong emphasis on behavioral change and understanding what it means to have an inclusive culture. All associates are required to attend diversity & inclusion classes, as listed below:

    Home Office
    -Creating a Culture of Inclusion
    -Building CulturalDexterity™
    -Supervising an Inclusive Team

    Stores
    -Diversity & Inclusion Foundation
    -Creating a Culture of Inclusion

    Distribution Center
    -Dialogue on Diversity I
    -Dialogue on Diversity II



  • DID YOU KNOW?

    • Over 40% of our company’s Vice Presidents and 75% of our Executive Vice Presidents are female

    • Over 50% of our store associates self-identify as people of color

    • Our Diversity & Inclusion Training Program is required for all Home Office, Distribution Center and Store Management associates

    • One third of our Board of Directors are female

    • A&F has received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index every year since 2006, showing we are committed to being one of the best places to work for LGBT employees

    • We’ve partnered with the National Society of High School Scholars since 2008, awarding more than 100 scholarships totaling over $110,000 to students that are champions of diversity

  • Milestones

    2004
    Diversity & Inclusion team created under Todd Corley’s leadership
    Less than 10% of stores associates are non-white
    Diversity training program starts

    2005
    Hires 25 diversity recruiters
    A&F gives $300K scholarship grant to UNCF (United Negro College Fund)

    2006
    Executive Diversity Council created
    A&F partners with minority-focused organizations for recruiting efforts
    Named “Best Place to work for GLBT Equality” by Human Rights Campaign

    2007
    A&F Sponsors over 20 multicultural events

    2008
    35% of stores associates are non-white
    Scholarship program with NSHSS (National Society of High School Scholars) begins

    2009
    Diversity Week starts
    Diversity Champion Program created

    2010
    Working Parents Initiative starts
    Stores Diversity Council created
    Distribution Center (DC) Diversity Council created

    2011
    50% of stores associates are non-white
    Sponsored European Diversity Awards

    2012
    Diversity training for international store managers
    Named “Best Place to work for GLBT Equality” by Human Rights Campaign for 7th time
    A&F gives 45 scholarships to NSHSS students