Hibbett, Inc. announced today that their Board of Directors is one of four finalists in the category of public company small cap 2022 for the NACD Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Awards. The awards recognize boards that have improved their governance and created long-term value for stakeholders by implementing forward-thinking diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) practices.
“We are honored and grateful to receive this recognition from NACD amongst such an impressive group of fellow finalists,” said Tony Crudele, Chairman of the Board, Hibbett, Inc. “Our team believes that leading with inclusiveness is critical at all levels to cultivate an authentic representation of our communities and to create a competitive advantage. In building the team, our approach is simple; hire the most qualified candidate that brings a unique skill set and perspective.”
“Hibbett has worked to achieve great strides in creating an equitable boardroom,” said NACD president and CEO Peter Gleason. “NACD is proud to honor Hibbett for advancing DE&I in their boardroom and throughout their organization."
Hibbett has strategically repositioned the company while prioritizing diversification of the Board. Since 2018, Hibbett, Inc. has undergone a significant transformation of its Management and Board of Directors composition. The company is currently represented by a Board of Directors with 80% who self-identify as diverse.
Hibbett’s Board sets the tone for the inclusive culture of the company. Hibbett has taken important steps to integrate DE&I into many aspects of the company to positively impact both associates and customers including:
- Creation of Hibbett MVPs – Mission-Vision-Position Principles to celebrate individuality and self-expression
- Implementation of Human Capital Management System (HCM) to impact diversity of employees and leaders, increase employee engagement and prioritize pay equity
- Creation of “Ignite”-our employee resource group to empower emerging female leaders
- Recruiting at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
- Sole School® community giveback programs to support underserved schools and athletic programs
- Support Her Sole™ program to highlight successful women in sports and business and support millennial and Gen Z women
- Celebrating Heritage Months and Identity Recognitions
Winners will be announced at the NACD DE&I Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City on Wednesday, December 7, 2022.
Visit the NACD DE&I Awards site to learn more about the gala and sponsorship opportunities.
For more information on NACD’s commitment to the advancement of DE&I at the board level, and for further insights, trends, and perspectives on this issue, please visit the NACD Center for Inclusive Governance™ and the NACD Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resource Center.
About Hibbett, Inc.
Hibbett, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is a leading athletic-inspired fashion retailer with 1,117 Hibbett and City Gear specialty stores, located in 36 states nationwide. Hibbett has a rich history of convenient locations, personalized customer service and access to coveted footwear, apparel and equipment from top brands like Nike, Jordan, and adidas. Consumers can browse styles, find new releases, shop looks and make purchases online or in their nearest store by visiting www.hibbett.com. Follow us @hibbettsports and @citygear on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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