Ralph Lauren has pledged USD10 million to help its teams, partners and communities impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The impact of COVID-19 across the world is profound and wide-reaching. Hence, through the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation—formerly known as the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation—Ralph Lauren is committing USD10 million to help its teams, partners and communities impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The wellbeing of our teams, friends & family around the world is what matters most. We are temporarily closing stores & hospitality locations in select countries, & our employees will be paid during the closure. We encourage you to focus on your family, your safety & your health. pic.twitter.com/9s5rO6xkyE
— Ralph Lauren (@RalphLauren) March 18, 2020
This fund will be used to provide financial grants through the Emergency Assistance Foundation for Ralph Lauren colleagues facing special circumstances like medical, eldercare or childcare needs. It will also contribute to the World Health Organization COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, a global effort supporting countries to prevent, detect and respond to the pandemic.
Now more than ever, supporting each other in this time of need has become our mission. As we face this global challenge together, the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation is committing $10 million to help our teams and communities around the world https://t.co/xcEpyLqJFD pic.twitter.com/Oj0VHCzX1W
— Ralph Lauren (@RalphLauren) March 26, 2020
Furthermore, Ralph Lauren will also build on the brand’s 20-year commitment to cancer care through the Pink Pony Fund, as well as to commit an inaugural gift to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)/Vogue Fashion Fund for COVID-19 relief to support the American fashion community impacted by the pandemic. On top of that, the brand has also already started the production of 250,000 masks and 25,000 isolation gowns with its U.S. manufacturing partners.
To help protect those working on the front lines, we have transformed part of our supply chain to manufacture 250,000 machine-washable masks and 25,000 isolation gowns. We will start delivering these masks and gowns this week.#WHWWeek pic.twitter.com/nyo0MGSNxc
— Ralph Lauren (@RalphLauren) April 8, 2020
“At the heart of our company, there has always been a spirit of togetherness that inspires our creativity, our confidence and most importantly our support for one another. In the past weeks and months, that spirit has never wavered,” explained Ralph Lauren. “We believe that no matter who you are or where you are from, we are all connected. That is why we are taking significant action to help our teams and communities through this crisis.”