By  on February 19, 2019

When an H&M image on its web site showing a black boy wearing a hoodie with the phrase “coolest monkey in the jungle” sparked global outrage, the retailer decided it was time to hire a diversity and inclusion chief to prove the company was taking the issue seriously and to ensure such an incident was not repeated.

H&M isn’t the only company to make such a move after a faux pas. In April, Nike Inc. unveiled Kellie Leonard as its first chief diversity and inclusion officer. The hire came at a pivotal time for the sportswear giant, which has courted controversy over its alleged treatment of women in the workplace.

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