Posted on 5/5/2021 5:24:05 PM
As we move past the one-year anniversary of the start of the pandemic and the dramatic steps we took as a company to meet the challenges it presented, we reflect on our commitment to our associates.
2020 brought a global health crisis unlike anything we’ve ever seen, with far-reaching consequences for government and businesses. At the outset, Designer Brands vowed to make decisions with two priorities in mind: the health and safety of our associates and customers, and the health of our business.
This year many of our associates were challenged more than ever with balancing their work and personal lives, maintaining their personal and mental health, and even coordinating childcare. To honor their commitment to our business and our customers, we needed to recognize their efforts even as we faced a series of difficult business decisions.
We rolled out a series of benefits that directly impacted our workforce and supported them during this year, including:
Prioritizing the health and safety of our associates, customers and communities, as well as the long-term success of the business, got us through the initial crisis when the pandemic first hit. And staying true to them has helped ensure that our associates can come back to work for an organization with an industry-leading position. We remain focused on our strategic pillars of differentiated products, differentiated experiences, and growing market share.
We are proud our associates, and our success is a direct result of their efforts. We’ll continue to support them as the pandemic finally slows and, in the days ahead.