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All-Product Recycling Initiative by FR for UNHCR
Jun '12
Fast Retailing (FR) announces the launch of a global donation drive in response to a call from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to gather three million garments for distribution to refugees worldwide this fall and winter. FR is asking its customers to donate any items of UNIQLO and g.u. branded clothing they no longer wear via its All-Product Recycling Initiative.

Donations will be accepted at all UNIQLO and g.u. stores in Japan, as well as UNIQLO stores in the US, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, France and the UK.

With the support of FR customers around the world, the Company aims to meet UNHCR's call for three million garments by the end of August. FR will then sort donated clothing ready for delivery in the fall and winter months to refugee camps supported by the UNHCR in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The All-Product Recycling Initiative is the centerpiece of FR's efforts to help displaced people around the world. In February 2011, FR formed a global partnership with the UNHCR--the first by a Japanese company--to expand and strengthen the scope of this initiative.

  •  FR asks customers to bring in unneeded UNIQLO and g.u. clothing to its stores

Three million garments are desperately needed at refugee camps in several locations, primarily in Africa. FR asks customers to donate UNIQLO and g.u. garments they no longer wear that may be lying forgotten in dressers and closets.

Starting mid-June, donations will be accepted at all UNIQLO stores in Japan, the US, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, France and the UK, as well as g.u. stores in Japan. While FR accepts donations of all items bought at UNIQLO and g.u. stores year round, for this drive there is a particularly great need for winter clothing, T-shirts and warm-weather wear and kids' clothes. Please see details outlined below:

Winter clothing: HEATTECH, fleeces, down jackets/vests and other cold-weather wear that offer respite from winter chill.

Summer clothing: T-shirts, polo shirts and warm-weather clothes are urgently needed in parts of Africa.

Kids' clothing: Items like shirts and pants that can help make children less vulnerable to disease and injury are in great need. Kids' clothing in particular is always in short supply.

FR hopes to meet its target of collecting three million items of clothing by August-end.

Following the collection drive, FR is responsible for the sorting and delivery during the fall and winter months. Donated clothes will be supplied to refugee camps; e.g., in Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Nepal, and Kyrgyzstan as well as camps in other countries sheltering refugees from Afghanistan and Somalia.

FR respectfully requests that customers launder all garments for donation before bringing them in to stores to help the Company promptly deliver them to refugees.

In Japan, FR is also holding a drive for cash donations at UNIQLO and g.u. stores through the end of August. Donated funds will go toward helping refugees via the UNHCR. FR greatly appreciates all customer contributions.

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