Diversity Now – Q&A with Minority-Owned Metro Laundry


Metro Laundry Service (MLS) provides laundry services for hotels around the “DMV” (i.e., the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia) region surrounding the nation’s capital city. Founded in 2002 by Bernard Young and now led mainly by his nephew, COO Steven Young, the company has seen significant growth in recent years, but – like hospitality laundries nationwide – it has suffered from COVID-19-driven losses in business and leisure travel. Diversity issues also have had an impact on this company in Capitol Heights, MD.

VF Promotes Guthrie to Lead Global Inclusion & Diversity Efforts


VF Corp., Denver, recently announced that it promoted Lauren Guthrie to vice president, global inclusion & diversity (I&D). In this role, Guthrie will oversee VF’s global I&D efforts and will direct, develop and operationalize the company’s strategy with a focus on transformational change, according to a news release.

Battling Unconscious Bias – A ‘Journey to Inclusion’


Amid the public furor over recent police shootings of young black men in Minnesota and Wisconsin, the topic of diversity awareness – including strategies on how companies can tackle “unconscious bias” against employees from varying backgrounds, has taken on a new urgency. TRSA members gained strategic insights on how they can enhance their companies’ approach to inclusion/teamwork during an Aug. 27 webinar by HR specialist Gloria Sinclair Miller.

VF Claims Top Spot on List of Socially Conscious Companies


Barron’s recently reranked its annual list of the 100 Most Sustainable Companies that it originally released in February. The updated list placed a renewed focus on social commitments as the world continues to grapple with COVID-19 and protests over racial inequality. Based on this new analysis, TRSA associate member VF Corp. moved up from No. 21 in February to claim the No. 1 spot in June, according to a news release.

Coming in September – New Monthly Mag Column on Diversity


Next month, Textile Services magazine will roll out a new department that will offer managers and executives in the linen, uniform and facility services industry a fresh source of insights on diversity, equity and inclusion. These topics recently have drawn intense scrutiny amid civic unrest fueled by concerns about equal justice and opportunity for people of varying racial, ethnic and social backgrounds. The inaugural edition of this new column will feature an interview with Ann Berry, one of three female members of the Board of Directors for PureStar™ Group. This company is a major player in the hospitality sector of the linen, uniform and facility services industry with 11 regional brands operating 30 facilities in three countries.