We successfully completed our three-year relationship with Fashion Footprint partner charity Harmony House this year. The charity, which makes a significant difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and women in India, has been incredibly grateful for our involvement.
Founder Lucy Bruce said: “We would like to thank Arcadia for its support, giving our children the hope of a better future. We could not have done it without you and we will always remember your kindness and generosity.”
We are now in the process of selecting a new charity. The aim is to ensure the new Fashion Footprint Charity remains relevant to the Arcadia Group employee-base. A range of charities will be proposed to our entire employee-base for them to elect. Each suggested charity covers a main area of concern highlighted by the 1000+ participants of the Fashion Footprint survey (May 2016). The organisations were chosen for their track record and grassroots, community approach to addressing key Sustainable Development Goals in 2 of our top 5 sourcing countries.
Nora Doherty Charitable Foundation
Occasionally we work with good causes on an ad-hoc basis and this year we supported Malawi-based educational charity Nora Doherty Charitable Foundation, helping them to source badly-needed furniture. We plan to continue our work with them in the coming year with improvements to their buildings and infrastructure.
Our employees are passionate about raising money for charity. Each brand works in partnership with its selected charity to raise money through store initiatives, product sales and activities in head office.
Workplace Giving Scheme
Employee donations via our Workplace Giving Scheme totalled £119,875 this year with 187 employees taking part in the scheme.
In July the TOPMAN Marketing & Press Team launched ‘Wellness Wednesdays’, to promote health and wellbeing. Activities included providing a healthy lunch, goodie bags, Mindfulness and Mediation sessions, Self Defence classes and fruit baskets to raise money for CALM.
The much hyped ‘Lady Garden’ sweatshirts launched at TOPSHOP, raising funds for The Gynaecological Cancer Fund. A unique live window display promoted the campaign at our Oxford Street flagship and the sweatshirt attracted great celebrity and social media interest. The campaign has raised £31,915 so far.