Seattle – Officials say that the president and general manager of REI, the retail retailer, has resigned from not disclosing the relationship he has with the external industry manager of another organization.
Washington, headquarters said Tuesday that Jerry Stritzke had resigned and would leave March 15th.
The company's statement states that the resignation occurred after an external investigation of the "personal and consent relationship" was conducted. No affiliate organization found.
"The survey was conducted by an external law firm and supervised by the board," said REI statement. "It also carefully assessed the working relationship between the REI Co-op and the partner organization and found no financial misconduct. The Board is otherwise convinced that their expectations of how the two organizations should work together were satisfied.
Stitzke resigned because "he acknowledges that the facts led to a perceived conflict of interest that he had to disclose under the REI conflict of interest policy, which requires each REI administrator to model the highest standards of conduct", ̵
Stritzke apologized to the staff in a letter saying that he regretted that he had not disclosed the relationship. Officer Eric Artz will become interim manager.
Though Sexual Harassment Doesn't Look Like a Problem in REI What's Going There is still an indicator that America America is hypersensitive to #MeToo – even on contracts.
"Boards establish a zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment and even shrink consensus relationships, especially among leaders who may have any perceived or real professional power to another person," said Challenger vice president Andrew Challenger in the Gray & Christmas press
"For those employees who want to work in a relationship," he added, "a clear transfer of policies and guidelines is essential to create a safe environment for successful relationships and successful de-coupling. “