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Supporting Refugees

Last Updated: 2019.10.31
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As a global business, Fast Retailing recognizes the serious nature of the rising refugee population across the world, estimated to be 70.8 million people by the UNHCR (June 2019). We work with UNHCR and other organizations to donate clothing, provide employment opportunities in our stores, and manage self-reliance programs to help support people in these trying circumstances.

Supporting Refugees

Donating Clothing Through the All-Product Recycling Initiative

UNIQLO works with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to collect clothing no longer needed by customers and donate these items to refugees and displaced persons.

Garment Donations (as of August 2019)
36,570,000 items
across
72 countries and regions
*Includes non-refugee beneficiaries

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Employing Refugees in Group Stores

UNIQLO Japan began working with the RHQ (Refugee Assistance Headquarters) and other organizations in 2011 to provide employment for people and families permitted to live in Japan permanently under recognized refugee status. The number of individuals hired rises every year, and UNIQLO provides training for store managers and employees serving as trainers to deepen an understanding of the refugee situation and encourage refugees to work on a stable, long-term basis. As of April 2019, a total of 105 refugees have been hired to work at stores in countries, such as the United States and Germany.

【Refugee Hiring at UNIQLO Stores (as of April 2019)】

Japan: 59United States: 20Germany: 17
Denmark: 3 Netherlands: 3France: 2UK: 1Total: 105

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Supporting UNHCR Refugee Self-Reliance Programs

In 2016, Fast Retailing committed to donating a total of US$5.5 million to the UNHCR programs promoting refugee self-reliance over a three-year period. The UNHCR operates programs in five countries across Asia, teaching relevant work skills such as garment manufacturing and computer skills to refugees. Other programs help refugees start businesses to create their own income. A total of 18,987 refugees have participated in these programs, which have helped improve lives in refugee communities.

UNHCR Self-Reliance Program Participation

IranIndiaMalaysiaNepalPakistanTotal (People)
20163,2201,2671,01535105,853
20171,6332,5082,6733052157,334
20181,1066822,2651,1845635,800
18,987

Work Training Program in Iran

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Employee Volunteers supporting UNHCR in the field

Fast Retailing sponsors a program which sends employee volunteers to countries receiving UNHCR support. Volunteers spend six months helping plan and implement refugee self-reliance programs, gaining valuable opportunities for growth in the process. Any Fast Retailing Group global employee is eligible to participate. During 2017 - 2018, Fast Retailing sent five employees to India.

Two Employees Sent to India, Meeting With UNHCR Workers

Employees and Participants in the Self-Reliance Programs


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