A global charity, UNICEF does more to ensure more children are fed, vaccinated, educated and protected than any other organisation. They work with families, local communities, partners and governments in more than 190 countries to help every child realise their full potential.
In the UK, we have worked with UNICEF since 2008 to deliver ShoeShare, a shoe takeback programme that allows members of the public to donate worn shoes which would otherwise be thrown away. For every tonne of shoes received, a donation is made to UNICEF that supports the education of vulnerable children all over the world. ShoeShare therefore has the dual benefits of supporting education as well as diverting shoes away from landfill.
Discover more about ShoeShare here.
In addition to ShoeShare, we support UNICEF’s Rights Respecting Schools Award, which puts 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 UNICEF's Rights Respecting Schools Award here.
At Clarks, we have a longstanding relationship with the with charity MiracleFeet - a global organisation making a difference to the lives of children born with clubfoot. Clubfoot affects one out of every 800 new-borns 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 physical difficulties 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. As well as the provision of important funds, we have used our shoe design expertise to work alongside the charity, Stanford University and Suncast to create a more affordable and comfortable treatment brace, enabling MiracleFeet to innovate and progress their treatment process.
National Literacy Trust
In 2019, we entered into an exciting new partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK by running projects in the poorest communities, campaigning to make literacy a priority for politicians and parents, and supporting schools.
We are a proud sponsor of their Skills Academy programme, which works with children from 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 Skills Academy Programme here.
Limbs For Life
At Clarks, our spirit of community is the driving force behind our work as community volunteers, non-profit donors and scholarship grantors. Our aim is to support charitable causes that have the greatest benefit for communities, especially those that enable people to live healthy and fulfilling lives.
One such cause is Limbs for Life, a non-profit dedicated to providing fully-functional prosthetic care for individuals who cannot otherwise afford it, as well as raising awareness of the challenges facing amputees.
"The single most impactful item for an amputee is a functional prosthetic limb, because it enables social interaction. The exponential impact of Clarks’ donation on families and our broader Limbs for Life community is powerful!”
Shelley Dutton, Development Director, Limbs for Life