Pair for a Pair That Cares
More than just making a profit, there are several international companies that also make a difference in this world through their corporate social responsibility. Big businesses that top the list in CSR for 2016 are Google, Microsoft and the Walt Disney Company as compiled in this Forbes report. These companies make millions if not billions in sales so it’s natural for them to make a commitment to helping the community. But there are a few small companies that also find a need to answer that call to action. Here is a roundup of companies that make products for sale and offer a promise of giving another of the same product to someone else in need.
One such remarkable company that shows a world full of kindness is the American-based corporation TOMS—whose young founder Blake Mycoskie has been offering the One for One® advocacy since the company’s inception in 2006.
Their concept is this: for every pair of TOMS shoes you buy, the company would match that pair and give it to a child in need. How’s that for an easy route to philanthropy?
Since 2007, TOMS has given over 60 million pairs of shoes to children in need. The Texan-born Mycoskie took a trip to Argentina and bore witness to the marginalized children who didn’t even own a pair of shoes. He then made it his advocacy to create a company that would make shoes and also help children in need. Through fashionable civic-conscious buyers, TOMS donates a variety of shoes including its most popular unisex slip-on in over 70 countries, which meets school uniform requirements in many countries. Made in China, Ethiopia, Haiti and Kenya, these TOMS are created in colors black, red, navy, olive and ash.
Through feedback from its partnerships with over 100 humanitarian organizations, these TOMS are made more durable and comfortable to protect children’s feet from cuts and infection. Proceeds from TOMS shoes also are also used for health, education and development programs. TOMS also provides the gift of sight, water and safe birth though its other products of eyewear, bags and coffee. TOMS is also distributed in the Philippines. Find out more about the company through its website, Facebook and Instagram.
All photos from TOMS website
The Japanese optical company OWNDAYS makes shopping for eyewear easy and fuss-free with its simple pricing system and free ultra-thin lenses for every pair of frames bought. Moreover, for certain lenses like reading glasses customers can get their orders in 20 minutes or less. With its open retail store, designer-free labels and affordable price points, I can see why OWNDAYS is becoming more and more popular in Asia, the Netherlands, Australia and now in the Philippines.
OWNDAYS shows how it cares by donating a part of its profit toward giving out free glasses in developing countries around the world. One such country it helps is India, where the OWNDAYS Eye Camp is conducted every three months in partnership with Voice Trust, a non-governmental organization based in South India. They partner with volunteer doctors who give out free eye check-ups in rural India to help those who might have eye disease or for those with vision issues. OWNDAYS then makes the glasses needed for them and its staff visits the areas to outfit them with the proper glasses. Now that’s what you call great customer service! Find out more about the company through its website, Facebook and Instagram.
All photos from OWNDAYS website
Much like TOMS, BOMBAS the sock company was formed by US-based David Heath and Randy Goldberg because they discovered that socks were the #1 most requested clothing item at homeless shelters. The duo set out to sell socks and like TOMS, give a pair for every pair sold.
BOMBAS spent two years on research and development to make the best socks in the market. All their socks have extra long staple cotton to keep it warm in winter and cool in summer, a performance footbed great for athletes or sports enthusiasts, stay-up technology so the socks stay up just right, a blister tab for ankle socks to prevent chafing, stay-up heel, honeycomb support system and an invisitoe so you don’t feel that annoying seam that runs above your toes.
Derived from the Latin word for bumblebee, BOMBAS has the mantra Bee Better as their approach to every day. This is stitched inside ever pair of socks to remind its customers to push themselves harder, that their purchase helped someone in needs and that little improvements in life (such as buying a pair of socially-conscious socks) can make a big difference in someone else’s life.
Since its inception, the purchases of BOMBAS has helped donate over one million pairs to those in need. The socks that are donated are made even better than what you as a customer would wear, given the circumstances of those they would be donated to. They engineered a special sock in darker colors to show less visible wear, covered in an anti-microbial treatment to prevent the growth of fungus so its users don’t need to wash them as frequently and they were made with reinforced seams for greater durability and a longer lifespan. They have partnered with non-profit organizations such as Hannah’s Socks. BOMBAS socks are sold online and they offer better discounts the more you buy. Find out more about the company through its website, Facebook and Instagram.
All photos from BOMBAS website
When you buy from socially conscious companies like TOMS, OWNDAYS and BOMBAS, not only are you buying quality goods that you’ll love but also help others in significant ways, with so little of your effort. There are many who are in need. Why not reconsider your purchasing power the next time you shop?