About the partnership
Locations: Every UNIQLO store in 20 countries: Japan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, USA, Canada, UK, France, Russia, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Sweden
UNIQLO began its partnership with UNHCR in 2006 by making massive donations of clothing to refugee families.
Ever since, our partnership has grown both in scope and scale, to have an incredible impact for refugees across the world.
Since 2007, approximately 25 million pieces of clothing have been delivered to 48 countries where UNHCR works. And UNIQLO has donated US$11.5 million for our programmes.
UNHCR’s global and multifaceted partnership with UNIQLO shows the kind of comprehensive support and impact the private sector can have for the refugee cause.
Types of intervention:
- Contributing clothing for refugees, mainly from UNIQLO customers
- Providing financial grants to support livelihoods and primary education programmes in Asia and emergency response in South Sudan and Bangladesh
- Giving refugees employment opportunities, and helping them become self-reliant
- Deploying Fast Retailing employees to work with UNHCR at its field offices
- Supporting cause-related campaigns and marketing
Impact at a glance
- 25 million pieces of clothing have been delivered to refugees in 48 countries
- 20,000 refugees have been provided with vocational and life skills, given access to finance and/or started up their own business in five countries in Asia
- 40,000 children, teachers and parents have benefitted from early-childhood, primary and secondary education in Asia
- 65 refugees have been employed in UNIQLO stores in 4 countries (46 in Japan, 3 in France, 7 in Germany and 9 in the US)
- 120,000 students in 1,057 schools have been taught about refugee issues by Fast Retailing employees in Japan as part of the school education programme