Supporting the communities where we source our products is not only the right thing to do, it is also vital to operating successfully in these regions. We seek to create positive impacts for the communities where we work through partnerships with both global organizations and local non-profits.
In 2015, we expanded our support of Save the Children’s early education programming to include China, our largest sourcing country with more than 800 factories. China’s economy has grown rapidly in recent years, yet more than 130 million people still live in abject poverty according to the World Bank. And with millions of migrants moving to cities to find work, many children are either on the move or left behind in their native villages and lack access to a consistent, high quality education.
We aim to reach nearly 12,000 children through our support of Save the Children’s Early Childhood Development program in Shanghai. These efforts will include raising awareness of the importance of education among local communities, training kindergarten teachers and providing learning materials.
With help from The PVH Foundation, our Global Supply Chain (“GSC”) teams collaborate with local non-profit partners in eight key sourcing hubs – China, Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Kenya and Egypt. Engaging with communities is key to our approach in these localities. In 2015, GSC teams invested approximately $95,000 in community initiatives and contributed their time and energy to on-site volunteer activities, as well.
"Reaching children with high quality education is vital in their early, formative years. It lays the foundation for cognitive, social and language skills, and healthy development to adulthood. With the support of PVH, we aim to help create a brighter future for children in China."
- Pia MacRae
Country Director, Save the Children China