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People Overview

At Clarks, we have a strong tradition of supporting the communities in which we live and work.

When William Clark began leading 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, he remained true to his Quaker roots and invested in the community, looking after his employees and even building homes for them – many of which still surround our global headquarters.

This principle of supporting communities continues today, and our community investment strategy focuses on children and young people - supporting them to learn, be healthy and realise their potential.

Our people are crucial to our efforts to support communities. Employees are encouraged to propose local causes for support, as well as to volunteer within the communities they serve.

Our Unicef partnership has raised over £1.5m for education provision worldwide

Our audit programme covers more than 99% of our first tier footwear production

We’ve donated our expertise to help provide footwear solutions to the issue of clubfoot in children in developing countries

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Trusts associated with C&J clark Ltd

The principal purpose of these Trusts associated with Clarks is to benefit current and past employees, their families and the communities in which they live. They were originally established by Clarks but are now funded independently.

The Clark Foundation makes capital grants for the benefit of communities in the areas of education, health, community resources and recreation. Whilst the majority of grants are given to communities in the UK, some support projects undertaken through some of our suppliers for the benefit of the communities in which they are located and operate. These have included provision of educational facilities in China, and an ambulance and water purification system that serves communities in India and Vietnam.

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In addition to strategic corporate partnerships and Trusts, 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.