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BHF asks commercial clothing collection firms to be transparent
Sep '11
The commercial clothing collection companies employed on the behalf of charities must explain how much of the collected money actually goes to the charitable cause, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has said.

The BHF has asked the clothing collection companies to be clear about how much charities they receive from doorstep collections.

According to a new research released by the BHF, only 30 percent of all charity clothing collection bags are received directly from public, and the clothes are then sold in shops run by charity institutions.

The study said that the remaining 70 percent of the charity bags are collected by commercial companies that sell the clothing overseas and a portion of their profits is given to charity.

The BHF has asked commercial firms to disclose how much percentage of the sale price of the goods will go to the charity cause. For instance, a company can specify that charity will receive £50 per ton of clothing collected, and the company can sell the clothes overseas at up to £1,800 per ton.

People who donate have the right to know what exactly happens after they donate, said Mike Lucas, the retail director for BHF. He added that the information is not transparent at present.

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