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The PVH Foundation will invest $10 million USD to create opportunities for underserved and underrepresented communities
NEW YORK, May 23, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As part of the PVH Corp. [NYSE: PVH] I&D Commitments launched in 2021, PVH, through The PVH Foundation, is proud to announce new investments totaling $10 million USD over the next four years in global nonprofit organizations, to support their unique programming and initiatives aligned with the company’s Inclusion and Diversity priorities.
The initial list of selected partner organizations will all increase awareness of and access to opportunities in the fashion industry for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities.
PVH will work with these partners to support programming for high school students and training for individuals with "non-traditional" backgrounds seeking new career opportunities in the fashion industry. High school students from underserved and underrepresented communities will be provided opportunities to explore careers in fashion, develop technical skills, and participate in mentorship programs. Individuals from "non-traditional" talent pipelines, such as those re-entering the workforce or seeking a career change, post-high school students who are not college graduates, and immigrants will have the opportunity to leverage skill-building and practical training to prepare for success in the industry.
"With driving fashion forward for good at the core of everything we do, our new partnerships will help PVH make a greater global impact in our communities" said Stefan Larsson, Chief Executive Officer, PVH Corp. "As a company, we are committed to making a difference with inclusion and diversity, and we look forward to elevating the next generation of innovators around the world."
The global partner organizations include:
KELY Support Group (KELY): KELY equips young people with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities needed to support themselves and each other.
World of Art Brut Culture (WABC): WABC is a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of art and the promotion of social integration. Through various integration activities such as artistic creation and social advocacy, WABC seeks to eliminate discrimination against people with mental disabilities, enhance the self-worth of special groups, and create an understanding and tolerant social environment. Since its establishment in 2010, it has supported more than 130 projects, and has a network of charity projects and nearly one million supporters in more than 10 countries around the world.
Australian Business and Community Network: The Australian Business and Community Network is a purpose-led, not-for-profit organization that brings businesses and schools together to address educational disadvantage.
Ecotece Institute: Ecotece Institute`s mission is to inspire new logics of production and consumption, making fashion more ethical, clean and inclusive. It works with socio-educational and cultural projects in the areas of training young people, supporting vulnerable productive groups in the fashion chain and ethical management of production for fashion brands.
PVH worked closely with our TommyCares partner, Fashion Minority Alliance, to select the below three European charities:
Fashion Council Germany (FCG): FCG is a major patron of the German fashion sector, whose mission is to strengthen the German fashion and design landscape for a visionary, technological and sustainable future in a global market. FCG promotes German fashion design as a cultural and economic asset and supports young designers from Germany.
Graduate Fashion Foundation: Graduate Fashion Foundation bridges the gap between education and employment. Their mission is to bring together graduates, fashion educators and industry leaders to support and encourage the next generation of talent to reach their full potential once they have completed their studies.
House of Denim Foundation: House of Denim Foundation’s mission is to connect and inspire denim stakeholders by conceiving and initiating platforms, projects, and events to make denim dry, clean, and smart. House of Denim Foundation "educates the best" by training a new generation of bright blue talent aiming to raise the bar on knowledge, skills and innovation throughout the fashion industry.
Creatives Want Change (CWC): CWC is dedicated to the cultivation of Black creative talent beginning at the high school level and continuing into early professional development.
Custom Collaborative: Custom Collaborative trains, mentors and advocates for and with no/low-income and immigrant women to build the skills necessary to achieve economic success in the sustainable fashion industry and broader society.
I Love First Peoples: I Love First Peoples empowers Indigenous youth primarily in remote communities to succeed through educational programs, including the establishment of sewing skill labs that encourage access to entrepreneurship and the fashion industry.
Misa Hylton Fashion Academy (MHFA): MHFA is an educational institution representing Black and Brown communities that supports and empowers the next generation of fashion stylists, designers, creatives, and entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on promoting and cultivating inclusion, innovation, and personal development.
National Urban League: The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization, dedicated to economic empowerment, equality, and social justice.
New Circles: New Circles Community Services is a not-for-profit, grass-roots agency that builds strong and caring communities by providing free clothing, employment skills training, and settlement support to newcomers, refugees, and other marginalized people living on low incomes.
Prep for Prep: Prep for Prep's mission is to develop future leaders by creating access for young people of color to first-rate educational, leadership development and professional opportunities.
About PVH Corp.
PVH is one of the world’s largest and most admired fashion companies, connecting with consumers in over 40 countries. Our global iconic brands include Calvin Klein and TOMMY HILFIGER. Our 140-year history is built on the strength of our brands, our team and our commitment to drive fashion forward for good. That's the Power of Us. That’s the Power of PVH.
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