The CEO Of Kids Clothing Company Hanna Andersson Has Resigned After Diversity Complaints From Staff

They described situations where they received angry messages from Edwards, or were forced by him to apologize, after criticizing diversity efforts at the company.

“If you don’t apologize,” he wrote to one former employee who said he should resign, “we’re going to war.”

Two former employees described an incident that occurred prior to Edwards joining the company in which photos taken of a Black family modeling a best-selling set of pajamas for the 2018 holiday catalog were reshot with a white family due to concerns from management that the Black family “wasn’t ‘Hanna’ enough.”

Others objected to the “tone deaf” Instagram post the company had shared on May 31 amid riots in the wake of the death of George Floyd. The post featured a white father and daughter and preached the importance of kindness and “teaching our children to be soft in a world that can be very hard.”

In the weeks since BuzzFeed News reported on the company’s diversity issues, parents consistently flooded its Instagram posts with comments saying they would not buy from them again unless the CEO was removed.

Edwards did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday, but told BuzzFeed News in July that both he and Hanna Andersson strongly valued diversity and were taking steps to improve company culture. He also insisted he had never “lashed out” at any employee who had raised concerns about diversity.

“I know you’ve talked to nine people but we have 200 and some people now left in the company and I’d say they beg to differ,” he said.

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