The notorious black squares of 2020 may be a distant memory for many, but diversity isn't a conversation that can come o…

The notorious black squares of 2020 may be a distant memory for many, but diversity isn’t a conversation that can come off the table.

As the industry reaches two years since its promises and pledges to improve on inclusion, WWD is checking in with the 20 most valuable fashion brands, according to Brand Finance’s U.S. 500 2022 ranking.

Climbing 31 spots up the valuation charts, Foot Locker joined the top 20 ranks this year, and the company said it’s been steady on efforts to improve diversity internally, as well as create opportunities for underrepresented groups.

“As we come on the second year, it’s a lot easier to make the pledge than it is to do the work,” Patrick Walsh, the company’s senior vice president of growth and commercial development, told WWD, admitting to what many in the industry will recognize as true. However, things are moving in the right direction at Foot Locker, he said. “I am absolutely excited at the fact that we have done the work.”

Tap the link in bio for a look at who’s done what since last year.

Report: @tararielle

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