By Umberto Bacchi | 9 June 2020
REUTERS – French cosmetics company L’Oreal said on Tuesday it regretted sacking a black transgender model in 2017 after she described all white people as racist, and offered her a new job helping to shape the firm’s diversity policies.
Protests against the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, at the hands of police in the United States have sparked a global debate about racial inequalities – putting pressure on major brands to do more to bring about change.
L’Oreal’s sacking of Munroe Bergdorf faced renewed scrutiny last week, as the firm shared a post expressing solidarity with the black community that some social media users – including Bergdorf – said was at odds with its earlier actions.
On Tuesday, however, L’Oreal Paris brand President Delphine Viguier said she had offered Bergdorf a seat on a newly formed UK diversity and inclusion advisory board, a role accepted by the British model. […]