Diversity & Inclusion


We will embrace the diversity of our associates to create an inclusive culture where everyone belongs, innovates and collaborates to provide inspiration for women and girls to live confidently every day.

The Jaffe Family proudly showing off their LOFT Pride t-shirts. This product was the brand’s first gender neutral garment. A portion of sales was donated to GLSEN.

A message from David Jaffe Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

“It all starts with leadership commitment. A changing retail industry demands innovation and invites new ideas and a beginner’s mindset. At the center of it all are our customers. We are obsessed with “Her” and it starts with knowing who she is and honoring her lifestyle and choices. We aspire to include ALL women by offering a diverse range of fashion across our collective brands. Our Diversity & Inclusion mission focuses on our associates, their talent and our culture that help us meet the challenges and create the future for our company and our customers. By signing the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, I commit to the journey forward. Join me.”

Our mission asserts that we will provide all women and girls with fashion and inspiration for living confidently every day.  Our ambition is to empower women and girls to be their best selves. This includes our associates—comprised of 95% women with 62% women in executive leadership because they are the key to delivering a customer first experience.

With 50% of our Board of Directors being women, we have strong voices that align with our mission and set the tone for our Diversity & Inclusion journey.

As we look forward, ascena retail group, inc. will enhance our culture of inclusion by focusing on the associate experiences that drive engagement and ensure associates feel a greater sense of belonging.

Our key focus areas include:

  • Leadership engagement to integrate D&I with talent and marketplace initiatives
  • Deliver Respect In the Workplace and Unconscious Bias training to build awareness, fuel conversation, shift mindsets/behavior and cultivate more inclusive leadership and teams
  • Focus on the development of associates via our three E’s model—Experience, Exposure and Education including Mentoring
  • Associate Resource Groups (ARGs) across the enterprise
  • Expand key partnerships that align with our mission and D&I strategy

As our journey unfolds, we keep benchmarking top of mind as we build out programs and infrastructure to sustain diversity and inclusion overtime. As a member of DiversityInc Best Practices we leverage the knowledge of expert practitioners across industries to fuel our efforts.

David Jaffe and ascena retail group, inc. are proud to join the coalition of more than 500 CEOs committed to making a difference in the workplace, marketplace and human race.

LGBTQ+ associates and customers are part of our collective. In 2017 ascena signed on to support HRC’s Business Coalition for Equality. In 2018 we earned 100% on the HRC CEI and consumer buying guide.

Through Associate engagement products we developed and marketed programs activated with a portion of proceeds benefiting GLSEN– dedicated to Safe Schools for All.

With the growth of the U.S. Hispanic population our brands must leverage the talent we have and broaden our considerations relative to our customers. The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility helps us grow talent and enhance our cultural competence.