community involvement

THE WORLD'S HOME

OUR COMMITMENT


We will champion causes that promote a sense of home in people’s lives
and create a positive presence in the communities where we work.

Corporate Giving & Fundraising

$23 MILLION IN CORPORATE
DONATIONS SINCE 2012

We support organizations and partners that promote and strengthen the development, health and well-being of children, women and families, support the LBGT community, provide educational opportunities, and assist those whose homes have been damaged or lost. We give charitable grants, donate our merchandise, donate proceeds from the sale of certain products, and provide matching gifts to our associates. Since 2012, we have donated over $23 million to organizations that align with our areas of focus.

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$18 MILLION CUSTOMER &
ASSOCIATE DONATIONS & FUNDRAISING EVENTS SINCE 2012

We leverage our strength as a company, from our retail stores to the dedication of our associates, to make as great an impact as possible. We’re proud to work with customers, vendors, the culinary community, our corporate associates and sales associates who put their passion behind every dollar raised, and are extremely generous with their support for our causes and fundraising efforts. Since 2012, we have raised over $18 million for a wide range of causes that align with the values of our customers, vendors and associates.

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Community Causes

ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S
RESEARCH HOSPITAL®

Since 2005, when our partnership with St. Jude began, we have raised almost $43 million for research and the care of children and families facing childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. We are also the sponsor of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Cure4Kids.org, an online resource for healthcare professionals dedicated to enhancing the care of children who have cancer and other life-threatening diseases in countries around the globe.

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AIDS WALK/PRIDE

We have been a principal sponsor of the AIDS Walk in San Francisco and New York. Since the early 1990s, we have raised over $1 million to support AIDS education and research. We are also corporate sponsors of Pride in both San Francisco and New York.

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NO KID HUNGRY:
SHARE OUR STRENGTH

In 2017, we raised over $2 million for
No Kid Hungry in one month to help connect
children to nutritious meals in their
communities. Over the past  five years,
we have raised over $5 million.

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CANADA'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS

We are proud to partner with children's hospitals across Canada. Since the beginning of our partnership in 2010, we have raised over $1 million (CAD) to support world-renowned children's health care, research and learning.

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VOLUNTEERISM

VOLUNTEERING

We support our communities through our associates’ time and leadership, and provide 8 hours of paid Community Involvement Time each year. Over the past 5 years, associates have logged approximately 34,000 volunteerism hours, with over 23,000 logged in 2016 and 2017 alone.

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY IN SERVICE

In 2018, we held our 2nd annual company-wide day of service in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Over 850 associates participated in this inspiring event, with activities in Brooklyn, San Francisco and Portland.

SUPPLY CHAIN DEVELOPMENT

SOCIAL COMPLIANCE

At Williams-Sonoma, Inc., we aim to ensure all our manufacturing suppliers follow high social standards in their operations and are committed to integrity and honesty throughout all aspects of our business. We work with suppliers who meet rigorous standards for safe, healthy work conditions, and whose employment practices conform with local law, best industry practices and our company standards. These include strict prohibition against child labor, prison or forced labor, unsafe working conditions, unfair wage practices, or non-compliance to any local regulation. All of our suppliers are expected to sign and abide by our Vendor Code of Conduct.

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NEST: ARTISAN
ADVANCEMENT PROJECT

The Nest Artisan Advancement Project is a global industry-wide initiative focused on bringing unprecedented transparency, social responsibility and sustainability to fashion and home design supply chains that employ artisans
and homeworkers.

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FAIR TRADE

Fair Trade is a market-based approach to creating healthy and safe working conditions, additional income for workers and high environmental standards. We work with non-profit Fair Trade USA’s Factory Certification program. For each Fair Trade Certified™ product, workers earn a premium that they collectively invest in community initiatives that matter most to them, like health care.

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BEYOND COMPLIANCE

Beyond high standards of compliance, we invest in the people who make our products, increasing economic opportunities for workers in our supply chain through programs that enhance benefits and education. We invest in programs that improve health-related knowledge to low-income working women and that build the financial capabilities of our factory workers and their families. We are also committed to programs that preserve and cultivate markets for artisans and craftsman around the world.

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HERproject

BSR’s HERproject™ is a collaborative initiative that strives to empower low-income women working in global supply chains. The program focuses on improving health- related knowledge and on building the financial capability of factory workers to promote well-being and increase standards of living.

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VISIONSPRING

VisionSpring is an innovative social enterprise accelerating the uptake of eyeglasses for earners and learners in emerging and frontier markets with the motto “See well, Do well.” Eyeglasses are proven to be a simple, powerful social and economic development tool that unlocks income earning potential and extends productive working years for low income adults, and boosts learning outcomes for vulnerable children.

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