Giving back to society
We do not only want to focus on creating profit, but we want all parties involved to benefit from the production of our clothing. It is our responsibility as a world citizen to give back to society.
Supporting good causes
WE Fashion supports different charities every year. In recent years, we have mainly provided support to children in the countries where we produce. Children are the future of these countries and we believe that education is one of the best tools to break the vicious circle of poverty.
With the WE Get Together Foundation we focus on projects that create an active involvement between employees, customers and suppliers of WE Fashion. The emphasis is on social projects in the countries where WE Fashion produces, but also in the countries where WE Fashion is operationally active. Themes that are supported by the Foundation include prosperity, health, education, environment and emergency aid.
The money for donations comes from the sample sales and incidental fundraising by our employees. We also donate samples and worn clothing to Sam's Kledingactie and Caritas.
WE Fashion has set one goal in the sustainability strategy to achieve the above, the goal has one action.
- Support charities
Are you interested in reading more about what we have achieved? You can find our sustainability report on the Transparency page.
Remedies towards a better workplace
In the past 2 years, WE Fashion has participated in the project “Remedies towards a better workplace”, a three-year program in Tamil Nadu in India, where we worked closely with a supplier and NGOs to improve the labour conditions, mainly of the workers in the spinning mills this supplier uses for yarns in our products.
The project was coordinated by Hivos on behalf of several brands from the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT), and was supported by several NGO’s such as Arisa, Fair Labor Association (FLA) and SAVE, a local NGO.
FLA developed several tools for the participating brands to increase transparency by mapping the factories in our supply chain.
We engaged and collaborated with our supplier to create insight and transparency in which spinning mills they use to make the yarns for our products. Five spinning mills enrolled in the SAVE training program for management and for workers and workers committees.
The program is mainly focusing on compliance with Indian labour laws, capacity building and best practice sharing through tailored training sessions to increase job satisfaction of workers, retention rates and quality of production.
The goal is to raise awareness amongst workers on their rights and ways to file complaints thereby working towards a situation where problems are solved earlier and easier.
Want to build a circular fashion industry together? You can, by returning your old WE Fashion clothes to one of our stores. All collected clothing will be donated to the Salvation Army ReShare and where possible will be reused or recycled. All wearable clothing will go to those in need or will be sold in the ReShare Stores at an affordable price. All the income from the sales will support the Salvation Army's charitable work. By returning your clothes you will be supporting a good cause, making other people happy and contributing to a better environment!
How it works
- Fill a bag with WE Fashion clothes that you no longer wear, and bring them to a WE store near you.
- Nothing is too small or insignificant to be recycled; even socks can be reused.
- Your bag will be sent to the Salvation Army ReShare from our stores. If the clothing can still be worn, it will be reused. The rest of the items will be recycled.
- The clothes must be cleaned and washed.
- This promotion is taking place in all WE stores in all countries.
- WE Fashion reserves the right to amend the promotion terms and/or terminate the promotion prematurely.
WE Fashion is working with the salvation army
The Salvation Army is there for everyone, regardless of religion, background or beliefs. In addition to its extensive charity work the Salvation Army has been collecting clothing and textiles for over 130 years under the name ReShare.
With 28.7 million kilograms in 2017 it has long been the Netherlands' largest textiles collector. The collected clothing is used to help those in need, whilst another part is sold to sorting companies. Since 2013 clothing has also been sold in the Salvation Army's own second-hand clothing stores, the ReShare stores. These stores with their fresh and modern design offer attractive clothing at an affordable price for people who don't have much to spend, want to protect the environment or are looking for something unique. All the income from clothing sales supports the Salvation Army's charitable work, such as providing facilities for teenage mothers, youth work or reintegration into the labour market.
The WE Get Together Foundation
WE Fashion has been supporting charities for many years. The cooperation with Sam's Kledingactie is central here. Sam's Kledingactie has been partner of WE Fashion since 2007, they sell surplus products and product waste, making the proceeds available for donation. In recent years we have supported social goals such as setting up a children's home in India, donations for better information about HIV / Aids, donations to refugees in the Netherlands and Greece, donation to the food bank, and much more.
The Foundation focuses on projects that create an active involvement between employees, customers and producers of WE Fashion. The focus is on both socially and environmental projects. Themes supported by the foundation include prosperity, health, education, environment and emergency aid.
MISSION WE Fashion wants to make a positive contribution to charities with the WE Get Together foundation. The emphasis is on social projects in the countries where WE Fashion produces, but also in the countries where WE Fashion is operationally active.
With the WE Get Together Foundation we focus on projects that create an active involvement between employees, customers and suppliers of WE Fashion.
Themes that are supported by the Foundation include prosperity, health, education, environment and emergency aid.
ORGANIZATION The WE Get Together foundation is led by a board consisting of WE Fashion employees. The foundation is an independent body, the board has independent decision-making powers. The WE Get Together foundation is a Public Benefit Organization (ANBI).
You can read the financial statement of the WE Get Together foundation in the annual accounts on the Transparency page.
METHOD The WE Get Together foundation depends for the execution of projects on the expertise of partner organizations with experience in the area of development aid and the environment.
The foundation strives for collaberation with partner organizations that have a sustainable effect on people and the environment in communities where we produce or where we are operationally active.
GOVERNANCE The board of the WE Get Together foundation consists of the following persons:
Marijke Willemsen, chair
Nicolet Zandbergen, secretary
Edwin Jägers, treasurer
The board does not receive remuneration for carrying out work for the WE Get Together foundation.
WE Get Together Foundation
3542 AD Utrecht
P.O. Box 30200
3503 AD Utrecht
T: +31 30 247 9213 RSIN: 856890273