In support of our charitable work, we engage with several organizations that help us minimize environmental impacts while helping those in need.
We are committed to investing in programs and innovations that minimize our impact on the environment while giving back to the communities we serve. To honor that commitment, we launched the ANNCares360 Store Donation Program in partnership with Good360, a nonprofit leader in product philanthropy, to provide a program that connect Ann Taylor, LOFT, Ann Taylor Factory and LOFT Outlet stores to Good360’s online product donation marketplace. The program provides Store Managers with the tools to donate available displays, marketing items and fixtures to qualified recipients of Good360’s network of more than 30,000 qualified charities. This new program will help us minimize waste in our operations and provide Store Managers with the tools to donate items to service local charities in need.
In 2012 we donated over 40,000 lbs. of goods to more than 100 local charities.
Our Company is proud to partner with Goodwill Industries on national and local levels in support of rehabilitation, youth service, temporary job placement services and employment training services programs. In 2012, the Company donated almost 1,000 boxes of clothing and textiles to Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc. To celebrate Earth Month in our corporate office locations, we host events for associates to donate their personal items for collection by Goodwill Industries.
Each year, our Company donates materials such as office supplies, vases, glassware, body forms, rugs, pillows, buttons, threads, pins and zippers to Materials for the Arts, a program run by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs that provides public school teachers and members of nonprofit arts and cultural groups with materials for use in classrooms and visual or performing arts productions.