• 2021 recap: working towards a sustainable society

2021 recap: working towards a sustainable society

Jan 21, 2022 LifeWear
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. Across Europe, we've been busy all throughout 2021 launching exciting sustainability- and community-based initiatives to help people around the world. Here is a recap of some of our local contributions across Europe from 2021:

United Kingdom

UNIQLO x Samurai charity festival
Football Samurai Academy

Football Samurai Academy is a grassroots Japanese youth football team based in West London. The academy has about 250 students. UNIQLO sponsored the Samurai annual football festival, which was held on 5th September.

UNIQLO Clean Up Day
World Clean Up Day 2021

Saturday, September 18th was World Clean Up Day. Over fifty million people around the world worked to clean up their communities. UNIQLO members joined this movement across EU, with several clean up activities to support their local communities. The London team focused on the Hackney marshes, filling fifteen bags with rubbish picked up from the street.

Crisis UK
Crisis at Christmas donations
UNIQLO supported the NGO Crisis through a donation to provide pre-loved clothing for the Crisis at Christmas activity. The mission of Crisis is to end homelessness. The Christmas initiative aimed to bring warmth, companionship and vital services to people – the first steps to a new and inclusive life in
society. The donation consisted of second hand garments collected in stores and faulty items not applicable for selling. UNIQLO provided several boxes of clothing and volunteers from Crisis handled the sorting and they took care of the distribution.


Renovations with Samusocial de Paris

UNIQLO has partnered with Samusocial de Paris, a humanitarian emergency service focusing on providing aid and care to homeless people, for more than 10 years. Thanks to clothing donations and volunteering activities, Uniqlo continues to support Samusocial de Paris in their fight to help those experiencing social distress. In March 2012, three members of the UNIQLO team came to support the members of DPH (Dispositif Premières Heures) in the renovation of the Espace Solidarité Insertion Saint-Michel.

The historic headquarters of Samusocial de Paris, the Hospice Saint-Michel welcomes more than a hundred people in need a day. Our team of volunteers set to work sanding, painting and planting flowers in the gardens. We also took this opportunity to donate 50 surprise bags (containing tote bags, sweatshirts, socks and AIRism masks) and 6,000 AIRism masks to those in need.

Cleaning the streets of Paris

On September 18th, as part of World Cleanup Day, we teamed up with Samusocial in Paris for a “cleaning day”. With the help of 20 employees from the UNIQLO Rivoli and Italie 2 stores, agents from Samusocial and residents of the LHSS Saint-Michel*, we took to the streets of Paris to pick litter. We covered a stretch of almost 4 miles through the 13th and 1st arrondissements: between Place d'Italie and 67 Rue de Rivoli, where the new UNIQLO Store opened a few days later on September 16th.


Supporting young people with Die Arche

Die Arche is a national organisation that helps to support disadvantaged children and young people by providing a framework for education, meaningful leisure activities, free meals, and indispensable advice for parents and family.

Since UNIQLO's arrival in Germany in 2014, we have been working with Die Arche to help children and young people. Among other initiatives, we regularly invite groups of young people to shop in our stores thanks to vouchers we provide, and then eat something delicious afterwards and spend the day at Zoo Berlin, for example. We also prepared small care packages to donate to members of the program during the course of the pandemic last year.

On August 25, 2021, UNIQLO employees visited Die Arche in Berlin Hellersdorf, where around 300 children are cared for. As part of Social Day, we got our hands dirty and helped with the gardening; mowing the lawn, trimming the hedges and weeding.

Cleaning the city's streets
Much like our UK and French colleagues, UNIQLO Germany also contributed to World Cleanup Day. Last year employees in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne took part. With the support of our partner organizations KRAKE in Cologne, Oclean and GreenKayak in Hamburg and Wir Berlin as well as Alles im Fluss in Berlin, we managed to collect 120kg of rubbish!

Among other things, we committed to cleaning up litter in the Volkspark Friedrichshain, in the Vorgebirgspark and on the Alster and would like to thank the fifty volunteers from the bottom of our hearts!


Supporting the LGBTQIA+ community

During Pride Month 2021 in Spain, we invited two treasured icons of the LGBTQIA+ community to help us celebrate Pride. Celebrated DJ and actress Laura Put and the singer Robie visited to UNIQLO stores and helped develop an exhibition with our mannequins, dressed in the representative colors of the LGTBIQA+ flag. In addition, they created the looks using gender-neutral clothing to normalise diversity in self-expression among members of the local community.

During this period, UNIQLO also donated 150 coloured T-shirts to two NGOs: Fundación Eddy and Ahora Donde, who work to provide aid to victims of homophobic violence and discrimination, including support like the provision of shelter, psychological support and treatment, and employment advice.

Donating to local causes

To help those who need to keep warm the most in challenging times, we donated more than 3,000 HEATTECH thermal garments to three NGOs: Fundació Arrels, Cruz Roja and ACNUR.

Over the Christmas period, UNIQLO employees brought food to our stores in Madrid and Barcelona to be donated to help families in need via the charities Pick Up Solidaridad and Banc dels Aliments.
We will continue working so that in 2022, we can help even more people in the pursuit of a fair and better world for everyone.