As part of its 2021 commitment to Inclusion and Diversity, PVH, through The PVH Foundation, is proud to announce new investments totaling $10 million USD over the next four years in global nonprofit organizations. The initial list of selected partner organizations will all increase awareness of and access to opportunities in the fashion industry for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities.
PVH will work with these partners to support programming for high school students and training for individuals with “non-traditional” backgrounds seeking new career opportunities in the fashion industry. High school students from underserved and underrepresented communities will be provided opportunities to explore careers in fashion, develop technical skills, and participate in mentorship programs. Individuals from “non-traditional” talent pipelines, such as those re-entering the workforce or seeking a career change, post-high school students who are not college graduates, and immigrants will have the opportunity to leverage skill-building and practical training to prepare for success in the industry.
“With driving fashion forward for good at the core of everything we do, our new partnerships will help PVH make a greater global impact in our communities” said Stefan Larsson, Chief Executive Officer, PVH Corp. “As a company, we are committed to making a difference with inclusion and diversity, and we look forward to elevating the next generation of innovators around the world.”
The global partners include organizations in Asia, Australia, Brazil, and Europe. In North America, recipients of the investments include:
- Creatives Want Change (CWC): CWC is dedicated to the cultivation of Black creative talent beginning at the high school level and continuing into early professional development.
- Custom Collaborative: Custom Collaborative trains, mentors and advocates for and with no/low-income and immigrant women to build the skills necessary to achieve economic success in the sustainable fashion industry and broader society.
- I Love First Peoples: I Love First Peoples empowers Indigenous youth primarily in remote communities to succeed through educational programs, including the establishment of sewing skill labs that encourage access to entrepreneurship and the fashion industry.
- Misa Hylton Fashion Academy (MHFA): MHFA is an educational institution representing Black and Brown communities that supports and empowers the next generation of fashion stylists, designers, creatives, and entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on promoting and cultivating inclusion, innovation, and personal development.
- National Urban League: The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization, dedicated to economic empowerment, equality, and social justice.
- New Circles: New Circles Community Services is a not-for-profit, grass-roots agency that builds strong and caring communities by providing free clothing, employment skills training, and settlement support to newcomers, refugees, and other marginalized people living on low incomes.
- Prep for Prep: Prep for Prep’s mission is to develop future leaders by creating access for young people of color to first-rate educational, leadership development and professional opportunities.