Inclusion and Diversity

Upcoming Event: Kontoor Brands Fourth Quarter 2023 Earnings Conference Call - February 28, 2024 at 8:30 a.m. ET - Webcast

We Are Kontoor

At Kontoor Brands, our purpose is to be the common thread that inspires people to live with passion and confidence. To be the common thread, we all must come together – one stitch at a time…just like the products we make.

No matter who you are, where you’re from, who you love, or how you identify, we’re all cross-stitched together at Kontoor.

"The natural connection between Inclusion & Diversity and our business strategy is a powerful one. We’re determined to strengthen that connection, from the way we recruit and develop talent, to the way we show up in the marketplace and in our communities as inclusive brands. Each one of us is accountable to strive to achieve our strategy, measured on our ability to create a growth culture that is worthy of our greatest aspirations."

- Scott Baxter
  President, CEO and Chair of the Board

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Objectives

DEI Objectives: Increase Representation, Ensure Equity, Foster Inclusion

Workforce Diversity

Driving change starts with providing transparency in where we are in our Inclusion & Diversity journey today. We commit to sharing annual updates with our progress toward our strategic priorities and objectives.

Global Gender

Bar charts showing gender breakdown by position in company. Chart one position is Senior Manager and below. Chart two position is Director and above

(n=14,397)

Global Gender by Level

Bar charts showing gender breakdown by position in company. Chart one position is Senior Manager and below. Chart two position is Director and above

(n=14,397)

Race & Ethnicity (U.S.)

Pie chart of Race and Ethnicity by percent

(n=2,799)

Race & Ethnicity – Director Level and Above (U.S.)

Pie chart of Race and Ethnicity - Director Level and Above by percent

Category Added in 2021 and baseline data is as of July 2021 (n=2,799)

Global Gender

Bar charts showing gender breakdown by position in company. Chart one position is Senior Manager and below. Chart two position is Director and above

Global Gender by Level

Bar charts showing gender breakdown by position in company. Chart one position is Senior Manager and below. Chart two position is Director and above

Race & Ethnicity (U.S.)

Pie chart of Race and Ethnicity by percent

Our People

Matt Janes

Wrangler® Marketing Director, EMEA

"I’m absolutely obsessed with everything that’s going on in the office. Our creative ideas are primarily internally bred within the team. We’re our own little mini-agency."

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Minnie Tang

Marketing Manager, Wrangler® Asia Pacific, Hong Kong

"I love working with our global teams to adapt our rollout plans for a specific market or country. It's very challenging, but I also find this to be the most interesting part of the work."

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Laura Ann McWhorter

Director of Sales, Kontoor Brands, North America

"Kontoor’s culture is one of partnership and teamwork, where everyone has a voice."

Read Laura's story

Employee Resource Groups

At the center of our commitment to evolve and grow our company and workplace culture are our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). ERGs at Kontoor are voluntary, employee-led groups that foster diversity of thought, build community, and provide support for professional and personal development. These communities drive initiatives that employees identify, own and execute with peers across the global Kontoor network.

When launching our Inclusion & Diversity strategy last year, we committed to expanding and globalizing our ERG network. To date, we have 15 ERGs across 9 countries. Here are a few activities our ERGs have led over the last year:

  • Engage Diverse Group to Excellence, “EDGE” (India), is focused on bringing harmony to Kontoor. The group encourages connections through social gatherings, team engagements, virtual yoga, community service and other fun activities.
  • The Diversity Networking Association, “DNA” (United States), is focused on creating a culture that embraces our differences, nurtures and attracts a diverse employee base, and guides our brands to help meet the needs of all consumers. This year, the group has been instrumental in leading important conversations around Black History Month, Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and other holidays, providing an opportunity for employees to share their personal stories and to hear from outside speakers.
  • LGBTQ+ Inclusion for Everyone, “LIFE” (United States), is focused on celebrating, promoting and advocating for LGBTQ+ employees at Kontoor and within the communities in which we operate. In honor of PRIDE Month, the group hosted a T-shirt design contest. The winning designs were featured on shirts which were available for employees to purchase with all proceeds from the sales being donated to a local LGBTQ nonprofit organization.
  • WeKare (Hong Kong) is focused on demonstrating our care to the community and the environment by providing Hong Kong employees with a platform to serve in a variety of causes that promote love, sharing and compassion. Through their community service efforts, the group of 60-plus volunteers has distributed more than 1,300 lunch box meals to the underprivileged and collected more than 6,000 masks to provide to those in need in the community.
  • For a complete list of Kontoor’s ERGs, click here.

Community Engagement

Fostering community engagement is a key component of our Inclusion & Diversity strategy and we are dedicated to making positive contributions to our communities through local and national partnerships via monetary donations, sponsorships and volunteer efforts. We are building meaningful relationships with organizations focused on activities like mentoring, pro bono services and volunteerism, to be a positive force for good.

Greensboro, N.C. is not only home to Kontoor’s global headquarters, but it’s also home to the International Civil Rights Museum. The museum is located at the site of the first sit-in in the U.S., where four black college students sat down at a whites only lunch counter to stage a non-violent protest against segregation. Kontoor’s Diversity Networking Association (DNA) ERG, along with members of our Executive Leadership Team, hosted tours of this important institution for employees.

Voting is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy. Yet, we recognize that there are many barriers to casting a ballot, particularly for minority voters. Our DNA and KNEW ERGs partnered to offer informational sessions to ensure our employees are registered and know where and how to vote. In addition, Kontoor has joined the Time to Vote movement, a non-partisan, business-led initiative designed to demonstrate the importance of voter participation and to increase voter turnout in the Nov. 3, 2020 general election.

Throughout the year, Kontoor also provides monetary support to organizations that are aligned with our Inclusion & Diversity ambitions. Recent donation recipients include:

  • NAACP
  • Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Black Investment Fund
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greensboro

Kontoor Brands recently sponsored The 8:46 Series webinar, a community initiative hosted by the NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad and the YMCA of Greensboro to introduce community members to the issue of systemic racism and how it impacts our entire society. The webinar series examined narratives around racial disproportionality and discussed compelling research data around the systemic nature of racism and the fallacy of typical explanations like poverty, education, social class, individual behavior or cultural attributes that often get associated with particular racial groups.

Other Initiatives

Learning and Development

Learning and Development

In addition to inclusion learning programs launched in 2020, we introduced a global mentorship program using anonymous matching to remove bias and assumptions, creating employee pairings that break down barriers typically formed by location, hierarchy or functional areas. Additionally, we introduced regional I&D book and movie clubs to continue our focus on dialogue and empowerment.

Recruiting

Recruiting

To increase our diversity of thought and experience, we must recruit, retain and promote from a diverse group of candidates. In addition to continued education for hiring managers, we implemented a new candidate relationship management platform to better engage with a pool of diverse candidates, while deepening our relationships with historically Black colleges and Universities and non-profits.

I&D Councils

I&D Councils

The mission of our recently formed Inclusion & Diversity Councils is to promote and foster a culture of Inclusion & Diversity for Kontoor that attracts, develops and empowers talent around the world to position Kontoor and its brands to deliver relevant and reliable clothing for the next 100 years and beyond. The Councils will bolster the direct connection that exists between Inclusion & Diversity and our business strategy, strengthening our culture and accelerating our growth as a company.

Serving Underrepresented Voices

Serving Underrepresented Voices

We will continue to support local community organizations through our volunteerism and engagement efforts. We also provide monetary support to organizations that are aligned with our Inclusion & Diversity ambitions.

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By: Scott Baxter, President, CEO and Chair of the Board Tags: Announcements, Culture, Inclusion and diversity, Kontoor

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We are looking for inclusive, creative, and forward-looking employees with a passion for creating innovative apparel products and accessories that give people the confidence and freedom to express themselves.

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Sustainability

Through our three pillars, People, Planet, and Product, Kontoor Brands emphasizes protecting the environment, sourcing products and materials from companies that share our values, and operating with the highest standards of ethics and transparency.

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