Engaging with Local Communities

Thinking globally, acting locally.

We encourage our associates to make a positive difference in their communities, both by giving them the opportunity to contribute to causes they are passionate about and by inspiring collaboration for greater impact. In coming together to support our global goal commitment to support the needs of women and children, our associates also form new relationships across business divisions.

In November 2015, our U.S. offices raised over $200,000 through our annual cross-company PVH Cares campaign in support of 12 spotlight charities, along with an additional $12,000 for our non-profit partner Save the Children. Nearly 150 associates from our Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Heritage Brands businesses hosted two days of arts and learning activities for around 175 disadvantaged children with Free Arts NYC. Associates from across the company also hosted a prom dress event for 116 underprivileged girls supported by non-profit Big Brothers Big Sisters and the New York Department of Homeless Services. Associates donated more than 625 dresses for the event, and 30 volunteers helped to create a truly memorable experience for the participants.

In Amsterdam, close to 400 PVH Europe associates dedicated almost 2,000 hours to give back to the community. Outreach efforts included taking elderly people to visit museums, organizing outdoor activities for children and cleaning up plastic waste from the canals of Amsterdam. PVH Europe also worked to combat food wastage by partnering with a non-profit called BuurtBuik, which reallocates leftover food from the employee restaurant to neighborhood centers where the food can be used to feed people in need.

Business division highlights

Our business divisions are given the flexibility to support spotlight charities of their own choosing that reflect our overall mission to support women and children. Here are some of the highlights from 2015:

Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger’s TommyCares program – which forms part of the broader PVH Cares commitment to support the needs of women and children – supported Save the Children, War Child and WWF with philanthropic donations. With our support, War Child (a charity helping children to overcome the consequences of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo) provided approximately 8,300 individuals with child protection, education and psychosocial support activities. In North America, Tommy Hilfiger continued its 12-year partnership with the Hudson Guild, a New York community center empowering people in need. For the 10th year, executives and associates read to over 90 children as part of Hudson Guild’s global “Read for the Record” event.

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein strengthened its support of the Ronald McDonald House Charity (“RMHC”), a “home away from home” for seriously ill children. As part of PVH Cares week, approximately 45 volunteers from across Calvin Klein divisions in the U.S. served lunch and dinner daily to families of pediatric cancer patients. We are active in supporting RMHC in other regions too. For example, in Hong Kong, Calvin Klein hosted a holiday party and crafts session for 15 patients and their families at RMHC Hong Kong. At a corporate level, PVH helped raise over $3 million for the RMHC of New York City at its 23rd Annual Gala, where our Chairman and CEO, Manny Chirico, was honored.

Heritage Brands

In 2015, associates from our Heritage Brands division and PVH Corporate embraced child mentorship programs as a way to give back. In 2015, PVH associates collaborated with Playworks to host a leadership conference where they trained 67 fourth and fifth grade students on topics including peer leadership and conflict resolution. PVH also organized monthly “reading parties” with the Pajama Program, where associates practiced vocabulary and reading comprehension skills with children. In the same spirit, the PVH Marketing Group donated over 400 pro-bono service hours to support Brooklyn Community Services, a non-profit that empowers children from low-income communities.

2015 Local Community Highlights

PVH Hong Kong associates partnered with the Changing Young Lives Foundation to lead confidence-building arts and sports activities for children from underprivileged families.

PVH Bridgewater associates dedicated 772 hours to support RMHC in a walkathon, Halloween celebration and by serving meals to over 70 families of seriously ill children.

Building upon last year’s partnership with Dignifica Tu Vida, PVH Mexico associates assembled over 350 backpacks with school supplies for children from disadvantaged communities.

PVH Canada associates in Toronto shopped for school supplies, hygiene items and toys to fill shoeboxes that Operation Christmas Child distributed to children in low-income regions of South America.

A group of Calvin Klein associates in Korea participated in “Pink Ribbon Love Marathon Seoul 2015” to raise money in support of Korea’s Breast Cancer Foundation.

PVH’s Jonesville Distribution Center associates raised approximately $150,000 to support local causes and, for the third year in a row, sponsored holiday gifts for 50 children.

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