The mission to turn everyday online shopping into charitable giving is a large part of what drives Giving Assistant. Being B Corp Certified, it means a lot to us when we join forces with other brands that share a similar commitment to making a difference in the world. And it means even more when we inspire other for-profit companies to do the same. Not only is cash back earned (and can be donated) when you shop brands that give back, but you’ll also contribute to continuing all of the charitable initiatives they value. So, the next time you do a little shopping online, we ask that you keep some of these giving brands in mind.
Thanks to the company’s One for One® business model, someone in need is helped every time a TOMS’ product is purchased. The company donates a pair of shoes for every pair they sell. Buying TOMS Eyewear contributes to sight-saving surgery. Sip coffee from TOMS Roasting Co. to support clean water initiatives. The TOMS Bags you wear promote safe births worldwide. They even have a bullying prevention program. So far, TOMS customers (like you) and over 100 Giving Partners have enriched the lives of more than 70 million people.
When it comes to high social responsibility standards, Gymboree Group (Gymboree, Janie and Jack, and Crazy 8) definitely leads the pact! It’s easy to squeal over tiny denim overalls or to “ooh” and “aww” over a floral print dress. Yet, behind the doors of fast fashion through out the years, controversial issues have become more and more apparent: abusive work places, negative environmental impact, and unfair wages. Gymboree Group share the belief that they have a massive responsibility to address these issues by enforcing every vendor they partner with to comply with their Terms of Engagement. Their Terms of Engagement ensures their products are being made in an ethical, legal, and responsible manner. A few highlights from their Terms of Engagement that all factories and business partners have to comply with are:
- Minimum working age is 15 years old and running an apprenticeship program for development is strongly encouraged.
- All vendors must ensure that workers who are women receive equal treatment in all aspects of work.
- Working hours should not exceed 60 hours a week and overtime must be voluntary and compensated at a premium rate.
- Workers must receive at least 1 rest day in a 7 day work week.
- Vendors must have a current environmental license and certificate in place and must comply with all environmental laws and regulations applicable to their industry.
And although they know they can’t be at every factory or facility 24/7 to ensure these guidelines are being followed, Gymboree does perform random ongoing assessments and monitoring in the US and Internationally.
UncommonGoods is certainly not your everyday, run-of-the-mill retailer. As a founding B Corporation, the company sells artisan goods made from sustainable and/or recycled materials, ranging from bamboo kitchenware to soapstone art to upcycled fashions. With their Better to Give program, a donation of $1 is given to a participating partner of your choice with every purchase you make. Proceeds from every uniquely crafted piece of merchandise sold by the company adds to the over $1,000,000 already donated since 2001.
Warby Parker not only markets fashionable eyewear with a vintage twist, but also makes a difference with their Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program. Simply put, purchase a pair of glasses and one pair is donated in return. Collaborating with a handful of local agencies and organizations, the company makes an impact in the classroom with their Pupils Project. Giving the gift of sight and promoting vision care to those in need, students receive free vision screenings, eye exams and prescription glasses. To date, the company has donated more than 3 million pairs of glasses.
Buying a Grade-A cashmere sweater or pair of slim-fit, Japanese denim jeans from Everlane means you’ve supported an enterprise that does good from the inside-out. ‘Radically transparent’ in their cost of labor, materials and transport, the company works with “ethical factories” that pass the test when it comes to paying their workers fair wages and respecting the environment. Everlane also donates profits from special sales and clothing collections to charitable causes, such as human rights champions, the ACLU and Equality Now.
From spreading holiday cheer with toy donations to raising money for a children’s hospital, Honest Co has a serious give-back business outlook. As a certified B Corporation, Honest Co is dedicated to providing baby, beauty and home products that meet specific ethical standards. The company’s Honest to Goodness product donations delivers health care essentials and diapers to thousands of people. When you shop Honest Co, your purchases help fund healthy, safe products, as well as support valuable research and education.
As one of the most diverse marketplaces in the world, artisans and makers from all walks of life have become a part of a booming community that buys and sells handmade and vintage goods. Giving a platform for upcycled and recycled crafts to thrive, Etsy’s commitment to the environment also includes headquarters that support renewable electricity, water conservation, and zero waste operations. And let’s not forget one of their newest, most innovative programs, Etsy Solar, which helps shrink the overall carbon footprint of the marketplace.
Fueled by making “good clothes for a good cause,” Ivory Ella dedicates 10% of annual profits towards saving elephants. One-of-a-kind designs have helped the company donate over $1.3 million to the effort as well as to other charitable causes. The company also gives back through in-kind community donations, charitable sponsorships, employee engagement programs, and donating the proceeds from special clothing collections, such as a Breast Cancer Awareness line. Below is their direct impact from their efforts to date.
With a presence in Mexico, Kenya and Peru, Nisolo produces ethically-made leather goods, handcrafted shoes and jewelry. The company recognizes the importance of eco-business practices and also acknowledges the value of labor. This B Corp Certified company ensures factory employees earn above fair trade wages with full time, sustainable job positions. Nisolo also provides education, training and healthcare to producers. Beyond job creation in underserved communities, Nisolo also pushes for gender equality and donates towards the local economy. Check out their impressive impact report here.
The same department store known for its spectacular parades and fireworks displays is also committed to giving back to the community and environment. Macy’s illuminates stores with energy-saving LED lamps; packages purchases using recycled paper goods; and embraces sustainable clothing brands as a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. The company organizes electronics recycling drives and supports local Green Business Councils. Macy’s associates also donate their time to various green projects, from park clean ups to planting trees.
There’s literally a Build-a-Bear for everyone…and if you’re impressed by their selection, then you’ll be floored by their generosity. The company’s Build-A-Bear Foundation forms numerous charitable partnerships, and has donated more than $50 million in grants to support local organizations. In-kind donations of bears have brightened the day of many children in need of a smile. The Build-A-Bear Associate Volunteer Program also encourages associates to give back locally by offering paid time off for participation in community acts of kindness.
Handcrafted by artisans from around the world, millions of people are proud owners of a colorfully unique Pura Vida bracelet. And, that also means a lot of giving back…because when you purchase from the Charity Collection, you add to the over $1,500,000 that’s already been given to outstanding causes, such as the U.S. Army, Project Heal, and Parkinson’s disease. In addition to spreading awareness and supporting many good causes, the company also provides fair-waged, full-time employment to more than 150 global artisans.
Pay it forward and shop these brands to not only earn cash back and give back to the nonprofit of your choice, but to also contribute towards the above charitable programs and sustainable vision. It’s a win-win-win situation.
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