THE WHAT? Unilever has committed to protect staff from hair discrimination, signing the Halo Collective’s Halo Code, according to a report published by The Guardian.
THE DETAILS The UK-based manufacturer of Dove has pledged to end bias faced by students and employees with afro hairstyles.
A survey conducted by the Halo Collective revealed that one in five black women felt they should straighten their hair in order to appear more professional and that black hairstyles held them back in their careers.
THE WHY? Richard Sharp, Vice President of Human Resources at Unilever UK & Ireland told The Guardian, “We know it’s really important for people to be able to be themselves in the workplace. We believe the individuality of hair should be celebrated, which is why we are supporting and communicating the Halo Code to our people, and believe it is a vital step in the fight to ensure racial justice and racial equity for the next generation.”