UNIQLO Sustainability

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Great clothing can enhance the lives of people everywhere. In addition to making great clothes and providing excellent service, UNIQLO gives back to communities at the local and international level.

CATEGORY

All Activities
Recycling
Refugee Support
Next Generation Leadership
Sports and Culture
Environmental
Action
Social Business
Emergency Disaster Relief

All Activities

CONTENTS

Recycling Program

UNIQLO wants to maximize the use of clothing that our customers no longer wear. We collect clothing from customers at UNIQLO and GU stores, and working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other NGOs and partners, we distribute the wearable items to refugees, disaster victims and others in need worldwide. Clothing that is deemed unwearable is recycled into refuse paper and plastic fuel (RPF) pellets for fuel.

Refugee Support

To make successful resettlement possible

Refugee Empowerment
Beneficiaries supported
18,987
 (2016-2018)
*India, Iran, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan
Clothing Support
Item donated (As of August 2018)
65
 Countries and regions
30,290,000
 Garments donated
Employment of Refugees
Refugees employed (As of April 2019)
105
 Refugees
*Japan, the United States, Germany,
Denmark,
the Netherlands, France,
and the UK

UNIQLO’s success depends on the wellbeing of a global web of relationships. Our world currently faces critical social issues such as poverty, refugee crisis, racial discrimination, terrorism, and regional conflicts. UNIQLO has partnered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to create innovative solutions to support refugees and tackle such intractable challenges.

Next Generation Leadership

Empowering youth to change the world

Clothes have the power to cultivate leaders who will inherit our future. In UNIQLO’s Power of Clothing Project and Student Work Experience Program, youth gain knowledge and skills required to act as global citizens through activities related to clothing. UNIQLO has also established a fund to offer scholarships so talented youth can access world-class educational opportunities.

Sports and Culture

Sports and art enrich our everyday life. In partnership with local sports teams, museums, and other organizations, UNIQLO aims to create a nurturing environment for youth to foster appreciation for clothes and fashion.

Setouchi Olive Foundation

Stewarding the natural beauty of Japan

UNIQLO believes that the abundant nature of Japan should be stewarded for future generations. UNIQLO Japan established the "Setouchi Olive Fund" to protect and restore the beautiful natural environment of Teshima Island and Seto Inland Sea through fundraising and employee volunteering.

Emergency Disaster Relief

Hope for survivors in need

UNIQLO utilizes our national store network to provide clothing and financial support during natural disasters. 3.3 billion yen was donated to the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011. In the following year, we established the Recovery Assistance Project which supported NGOs and opened stores in affected areas. We provide emergency disaster relief to affected areas around the world, such as Hurricane Sandy in the U.S. (2012), Sichuan Earthquake in China, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (2013), and the Eastern Taiwan Earthquake (2018).