Clarks has a strong history of supporting the communities in which we live and work. When William Clark stepped up to lead the business in the 1860’s he was determined to maintain his family’s ethos of respecting the dignity of all human beings. Whilst developing the commercial side of the business, William remained true to the family’s Quaker roots, investing in the community and looking after his workers, even building homes for them – many of which still surround the Clarks global headquarters in Street, Somerset (England).
The principle of supporting initiatives which enable communities to live healthy, fulfilling lives continues today. Our community investment strategy focuses primarily on children and young people, supporting them to learn, be healthy and realise their potential.
Clarks employees play an important role in our efforts. As well as supporting our corporate partnerships, employees globally also have the opportunity to propose local good causes to receive support, as well as to volunteer within the communities they serve.
Read about some of our corporate charity partners below.
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation for children, ensuring more children are fed, vaccinated, educated and protected than any other organisation. UNICEF works with families, local communities, partners and governments in more than 190 countries to help every child realise their full potential.
In the UK, Clarks has worked with UNICEF since 2008, supporting the education of vulnerable children by raising money through ShoeShare, our shoe donation initiative which provides education to vulnerable children as well as diverting shoes away from landfill. Enjoy a short video about the initiative here.
In addition to ShoeShare, Clarks supports UNICEF’s Rights Respecting Schools Award, putting children’s rights at the heart of schools across the UK. Using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as a guide, UNICEF works with almost 5000 UK schools to put the UNCRC into practice within the school environment. Read more about the Award here.
Another organisation Clarks has a longstanding relationship with is Miraclefeet, a global charity making a difference to the lives of children born with clubfoot. Clubfoot affects one out of every 800 children born worldwide. However, 80% of children born with clubfoot in low resource countries have limited or no access to treatment – treatment that is straightforward and can prevent the hurdles and stigmatisation that arise when the condition is left untreated.
Through our partnership, Miraclefeet has been able to responsibly grow its capacity and expand to over 130 clinics across 25 low resource countries, enabling over 30000 children to enrol in treatment in Miraclefeet-supported clinics. As well as the provision of important funds, Clarks has used its shoe design expertise to work alongside the charity, Stanford University and Suncast to create a more affordable and comfortable treatment brace which has enabled Miraclefeet to innovate the whole treatment process.
In 2019, our European region, entered an exciting new partnership with the National Literacy Trust to sponsor their Skills Academy Programme. The National Literacy Trust is an independent charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. They run projects in the poorest communities, campaign to make literacy a priority for politicians and parents, and support schools.
Their Skills Academy programme works with children at the critical age of 10 years and above, incentivising them to learn by teaching them alternative sports and activities in a group setting and through classroom activity. Read more about the programme here.
Across Clarks Americas, a spirit of community is a driving force in our work as community volunteers, non-profit donors and scholarship grantors. It is what makes Clarks such a special place to work! Our aim is to support charitable causes that have the greatest benefit for people and communities, especially those that enable people to live healthy and fulfilling lives.
Organizations we support include Limbs for Life, a non-profit dedicated to providing fully functional prosthetic care for individuals who cannot afford it; Triangle, a non-profit that helps people with disabilities lead more independent lives; Two Ten Footwear Foundation, a charitable foundation offering financial assistance, counseling, community resources and scholarships to those working in the footwear industry; Halton Women’s Place, whose mission is to end violence against women and their children; and such immensely impactful organizations as the YMCA in Waltham, Massachusetts and Hanover, Pennsylvania and the Waltham Boys & Girls Club.
Our Clarks Companies Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that provides scholarships for children in the community facing a significant need and for children of our employees as they pursue their educational goals.
In addition to our strategic corporate partnerships and projects, we support a range of organisations around the world through cash giving, volunteering, pro-bono and product support. Below are just some of the organisations we are proud to have supported in recent years.
- Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance
- Family Nurturing Centre
- Footwear Friends
- For the Love of a Veteran
- Macmillan Cancer Support
- Marie Curie
- National Autistic Society
- National Animal Welfare Trust
- Sal’s Shoes
- Surfers Against Sewage
For further information on any aspect of our Corporate Responsibility programme, please contact: email@example.com