To mark the start of Black History Month, Neiman Marcus is reinforcing its commitment to supporting and fostering the next generation of Black leaders.
The Dallas-based department store shared details today of its multi-pronged strategy, which comprises several new and ongoing initiatives, including philanthropic support for organizations like the Boys & Girls Club of America, internal learning opportunities and marketing programs that spotlight Black talent.
Customers who visit the retailer’s e-commerce site this month can discover and shop Black- and minority-owned brands, which have been curated in a special section, Spotlight on Diversity. Some of the featured labels include Balmain, Off-White and PRPS. Their stories are also being told in the latest edition of Neiman’s digital magazine.
“Neiman Marcus Group is investing in a strong foundation of educational support, mentoring, and leadership skills, which are all crucial to the success of our communities,” Amber Seikaly, VP, ESG and chief communications officer at Neiman Marcus Group, said in a statement. “We have a commitment to serving communities across the U.S., and we’re thrilled to continue supporting organizations that build brighter futures.”
The company noted that over the past three years, it has donated a total of $1 million to nonprofits that support Black communities.
One of its key partners is the Boys & Girls Club, which serves more than 4.6 million young people in the U.S. — 26% of which are Black or African-American. Throughout this month, Neiman Marcus will provide fundraising opportunities in its stores that will benefit the Boys & Girls Club “with the goal to deliver more than $1 million towards the advancement of youth.”
It also will continue to support the Dallas Black Dance Theatre and 100K Mentor Challenge powered by ProMazo, through its philanthropic foundation, The Heart of Neiman Marcus.
And to help foster awareness and education for its employees and customers, Neiman Marcus will host a virtual “fireside-chat” later this month featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times Magazine and creator of the 1619 Project, in conversation with chief legal counsel Tracy Preston.