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Two smiling sisters wearing clothing donated by Inditex

Uganda. Sisters Janet Mwiza and Devine Niyigena wearing some of the clothing received as part of the Inditex donation in Nakivale Refugee Settlement.

UNHCR is an essential partner in our commitment to protect the rights and well-being of refugees and displaced people as a priority of our Community Investment Program. We proudly support UNHCR in its intense efforts to improve lives of people forced to flee their homes worldwide.

About the partnership

Since: 2020

Location: Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Chile, Ethiopia, Greece, Poland, Rwanda, Slovakia, South Sudan, Spain, Turkey, Uganda and Ukraine.

At the start of 2020, Inditex, one of the world’s largest fashion retailers and owner of brands such as Zara and Massimo Dutti, partnered with UNHCR to provide clothing and other items to people who have been forced to flee their homes.

Through this partnership, thousands of women, men and children are receiving clothing, shoes and other home products which help bring comfort and warmth. Additionally, it allows refugee families to use money previously set aside for clothing on other necessities such as food or education.

The joint vision for the partnership will see the continued support for people forced to flee with an annual donation of 2 million garments per year to refugees and internally displaced people.

Impact at a glance

Since the beginning of the partnership, Inditex has donated 5,759,209 pieces of clothing and other items to people who have been forced to flee their homes.

In 2022 alone, Inditex donated:

  • 1,575,584 pieces of clothing and 91,533 pairs of shoes to people forced to flee in Uganda. Inditex also supported the renting of a warehouse to store the garments before distribution.
  • 246,063 pieces of clothing to people forced to flee in South Sudan.

The textile company also provides support for emergencies:

  • 272,090 items (clothing, shoes and Zara Home products) were donated to support people forced to flee as a consequence of the war in Ukraine in Bulgaria, Poland, Ukraine and Slovakia;
  • 115,838 face masks to help prevent the COVID-19 spread in Chile;
  • 11,312 pieces of clothing to support people who suffered the impact of the earthquakes in Türkiye.

Sustainable Development Goals in focus

  • SDG1 No Poverty
  • SDG10 Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG17 Partnerships for the Goals

Contact us

If you are interested in exploring a partnership with UNHCR, please contact us at [email protected].