The multi-brand initiative invites consumers to participate in empowering women’s education
Fashion Makes Change, a project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, joins forces with fashion and retail brands across the globe to support the empowerment and education of women in supply chain communities.
The partnerships’ first consumer program “Your Change Can Change Everything” launches today, in solidarity with International Women’s Day. Over 40 global brands and retailers – including Versace, Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation, Gabriela Hearst, Nordstrom, Rosie Assoulin, Larroudé, Hill House Home, The Conservatory, Markarian, Neiman Marcus, Madewell, Theory, Abercrombie & Fitch, Macy’s, AARMY, YES AND, and Sarah Flint – are supporting the initiative. Customers are invited to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar or make a donation when shopping with participating brands and retailers. Select brands will match those funds and/or offer a donation on behalf of their customers, furthering the effort to uplift the voices of women globally.
The proceeds raised will support the Empower@Work Collaborative, a joint effort of the United Nations’ ILO-IFC Better Work, BSR’s HERproject, CARE International, and Gap Inc’s P.A.C.E program that leverages knowledge, skills, and collaboration to drive collective action for the direct benefit of women working in global supply chains. Empower@Work members implement training programs that address critical needs including health, financial planning, problem solving and decision making, and gender equality. The trainings are designed specifically to better address the complex needs of women working in factories.
Education is perhaps the most important element in fostering equality and independence in communities, and investing in women’s education is especially crucial. It’s great to see the leaders of the fashion community join forces to support and empower the women and communities that are so essential to its existence.