In support of our charitable work, we engage our corporate offices, our stores, and several organizations that help us minimize environmental impacts while helping those in need.
ANN INC. is proud to partner with Goodwill on national and local levels in support of rehabilitation, youth service, temporary job placement services and employment training services programs. Since our partnership began, we have donated thousands of boxes of clothing and textiles to Goodwill 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.
At ANN INC., we believe that we can help the planet by reducing waste, while also benefiting our local communities. That’s why we’ve partnered with Goodwill to give our clients the opportunity to ship their used clothes and household items to be donated to Goodwill, for for free using Give Back Box®. In 2015, our clients and associates donated more than 700 boxes, totaling more than 8,000 pounds of clothing and textiles. Learn more about our program.
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 Corporate and Store Donation Program in partnership with Good360, a nonprofit leader in product philanthropy, to provide a program that connects Ann Taylor, LOFT, Ann Taylor Factory and LOFT Outlet stores to Good360’s online product donation marketplace. The program provides associates with the tools to donate available displays, marketing items and fixtures to qualified recipients of Good360’s network of more than 48,000 qualified charities. This program helps us minimize waste in our operations and provide associates with the tools to donate items to service local charities in need.
To date we have donated more than 560,000 lbs. of goods to more than 200 local charities.
Each year, ANN INC. 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.
Our stores make up approximately 93% of ANN INC.’s overall carbon footprint. We continue to take significant steps to reduce our impact at the store level, and to help our clients feel confident that ANN INC. is making progress towards operating sustainability. Learn more.