URBN is on a journey to foster a work environment that provides inspiration, unity, and value for all of our employees.
Our Diversity & Inclusion pillars:
· Foster a respectful, inclusive culture
· Build a talented, diverse, and united workforce
· Nurture long-term connections with our community
Made of several highly engaged members across our community, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee strives to act as true representatives of URBN’s diverse workforce and customers. The D&I Committee's approach is rooted in listening and learning, with strategic focuses in community outreach, representation, learning & development, employee engagement, recruitment, and supplier diversity.
In 2021, URBN launched a new continuous listening strategy, including an overall employee engagement survey, pulse surveys, and updated new hire and exit surveys. Engage @ URBN will allow us to better understand the employee experience and provide our employees with opportunities to share insights and feedback that will shape URBN’s environment.
URBN requires all full-time salaried new hires to complete foundational training in unconscious bias, the impact of microaggressions, and contributing to an inclusive workplace. This D&I Foundations Training has also been turned into a video series that is accessible to all employees. Building on this course, URBN’s Talent Development team updated the URBN Competencies, part of the annual appraisal process, with a focus on inclusion.
Employee Resource Groups are employee-led groups that are a forum to share aspects of identity in a safe space. These groups empower members to share their voices, ideas, and passions with the URBN D&I Committee and URBN community at large. These groups are vital to cultivating an even more inclusive culture at URBN. In 2021, URBN launched nine ERGs: URBNBlack, Latinx Roots, A.D.A.P.T., AAPI, URBN Jewish Community, Parents & Caregivers, URBN WMN*, Prism, Well-Being
The UO Summer Class of 2021 was a 10-week internship and mentorship program for five students recognized for their academic excellence and creative prowess, in collaboration with three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): Howard University, Clark Atlanta University, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Urban Outfitters launched a special-edition UO Summer Class of 2021 HBCU Capsule Collection, an exclusive assortment of collegiate apparel and lifestyle accessories designed by the UO Summer Class of 2021.
URBN is a founding partner of Creatives Want Change, an organization dedicated to cultivating young Black creative talent through educational and mentorship opportunities. Thanks in part to URBN’s funding in 2021, CWC was able to send 25 students to pre-college programs in art and design.
In addition to financial support, URBN is partnering with CWC to further their mission to encourage Black students in fashion.
ACHIEVEability works to break the cycle of poverty in Philadelphia through education, affordable housing, and other support services. URBN and our brands regularly participate in ACHIEVEability’s Holiday Gift Drive and Backpack Drive to provide gifts and school supplies to children in need.
The Innocence Project’s goal is to reform the criminal justice system and help exonerate wrongly convicted individuals. URBN has donated nearly $500,000 to the Innocence Project and are working on programs to showcase their important work to the URBN community.
United Negro College Fund creates greater equity in education through scholarships, internships, and programs for under-represented students. URBN continues to build their partnership with UNCF to create mentorship opportunities, connect directly with students, and share both store and Home Office opportunities.