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Just as a consumer has choices, at Forever 21, we take our business choices seriously, including in the way we obtain the products we sell. We strive to have a positive impact not only within our stores and corporate family, but also upon hundreds of vendor manufacturing facilities throughout the world which make our products, as well as their employees.
We see these choices as part of a work in progress and that there is always more to do.
We care not only for our employees but also for the employees of hundreds of vendor manufacturing facilities throughout the world which make our products. We want all of these employees also to work in safe and healthy environments and to provide products to you, the consumer, which are made by such employees.
Therefore, our Corporate Social Responsibility program includes the Forever 21 Vendor Audit Program. While many of our vendors have worked with Forever 21 for a number of years and are trusted, all suppliers and vendors must provide factory contact information and all factories must participate in the audit program.
We believe this process assists in guarding against potential unsafe conditions, workplace injuries or mistreatment, and also results in an overall improvement in factory efficiency and product quality standards.
On January 1, 2012, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) will go into effect, requiring retailers and manufactures above a certain size and doing business in California to disclose measures used to track possible slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains. The disclosure is aimed at providing information to consumers to allow them to make better, more informed choices about the products they buy and the companies they support.
Shopping is becoming about the power you have to support charitable organizations when you buy their products. We know you love Forever 21 for great fashion, being on trend and always having amazing prices. What you may not know is that our passion for charitable causes and helping those in need is of the utmost importance to us.
At Forever 21, one of our core values is to encourage giving, to lend a helping hand to those who need it most. Over the years, we have carried product that has helped a number of organizations. However this year we formally introduced our Give to Love Love to Give brand, which encompasses a collection of items where proceeds will go back to a designated charity.
Our Give to Love Love to Give collection has been a huge success thanks to your support. Year to date, for 2011, we have donated over $9.5M worth of money and merchandise donations. We, along with our charity partners, thank you for lending a helping hand to those who need it most.
Everyone has the right to basic human necessities, such as healthy and nutritious food. FEED Projects' mission is to create good products that help FEED the world. By using environmentally-friendly and artisan-made materials, along with fair-labor production, to create all FEED products, FEED is proud to help FEED the world. Through our partnership, we were able to provide 71,120 meals. Visit www.feedprojects.com
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
HSUS is the nation's largest and most effective animal protection organization, backed by 11 million Americans. They help animals by advocating for better laws to protect animals; conducting campaigns to reform industries; providing animal rescue and emergency response; investigating cases of animal cruelty; and caring for animals through our sanctuaries and wildlife rehabilitation centers, emergency shelters and clinics. Through this collection, we were able to raise $32,773. Visit www.humanesociety.org
Japan Disaster Relief
Forever 21 donated 100% of its global online sales on Friday March 18 to support the victims of Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. All money spent on that day from any of Forever 21's global e-commerce sites, including www.forever21.com, www.forever21.eu, www.forever21.com/uk, www.forever21.co.kr and www.forever21.co.jp, was donated to the American Red Cross to aid the people of Japan. Online shoppers around the world took this opportunity to rekindle a glimmer of hope, faith and strength into the hearts of the people of Japan. We were pleased to announce that with the help of our customers from around the world, the relief campaign raised $2,012,112. Visit www.redcross.org
The American Red Cross
Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering. This collection raised over $85,000 and allowed us to continue our support for the Japan relief efforts. Visit www.redcross.org
Susan G Komen for the Cure
In 1982, Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. After Susan Komen lost her valiant battle Nancy set up SGK For the Cure Foundation. This organization has done amazing things to further the awareness and the need to find a cure for Breast Cancer. Aside from spearheading the Think Pink for October movement, they have donated over $1.9 billion. To date they are the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to this battle and we are proud to be working with them. Through this collection we hope to raise over $200,000. Visit www.komen.org
The Samburu Project
As we all know, the Horn of Africa is experiencing a drought and famine situation of epic proportions. Every day thousands of children die due to the lack of access to clean safe drinking water. The Samburu Project provides a simple solution to this extraordinary problem. They have drilled 40 wells in Samburu, Kenya benefitting 40,000 people and helping them end their lifelong struggle to find this precious resource. Instead of trekking 8 to 10miles a day to find water, the villages now can focus on things like education and community development. We partnered with The Samburu project to drill a well in Kenya. We are happy to announce that our Forever 21 Well will benefit 26 villages and over 1500 people. Visit www.thesamburuproject.org
Big Brothers Big Sisters
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation's largest mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters' mission is to provide children who are facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. We are extremely pleased with this partnership and hope to raise $20,000. Visit www.bbbs.org
When a child or teenager has a serious medical condition, everyone in the family is affected. For almost 30 years, Starlight has dedicated itself to helping seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. Instead of their days being filled with needles, hospitals and waiting, they can now fill their days with a little dreaming. To date, we have raised over a quarter million dollars for Starlight Children's Foundation. Visit www.starlight.org
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Just as their name suggests, their mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. Through various programs such as adoption, shelter outreach, legislative lobbying against puppy mills, the ASPCA has done so much to help our furry friends. Through this collection, we hope to raise $85,000 so that we too, can lend a helping hand to our furry friends. Visit www.aspca.org
Forever 21 is committed to reducing its environmental footprint throughout its global operations. Environmental sustainability is a key responsibility and we can play an integral role in ensuring that our impact is minimal in the countries where we source materials and products through to the markets where products are sold.
We will continue to transport our products via sea vs. airfreight in order to help reduce carbon emissions.
Our new stores are using energy efficient lighting systems to vastly cut down on the energy usage.
We recycle all shipment boxes at our distribution center daily.
We have many other new programs in the works- check in with us from time to time to see what's new.