Last year, Ardene partnered with WE to help support their goal of making doing good doable, and together, we’ve had a big year! WE is a family of organizations dedicated to having a positive impact on the world and inspiring others to do the same, and we’re proud to do our part. Let’s take a look at a few ways we’ve made an impact.
Ardene sponsors 4 WE Days a year: in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and one in both French and English in Montreal. WE Day is a powerful and inspirational celebration of making a difference; bringing young people together with educators, motivational speakers and performers, all joined in the single cause of doing good. With about 16,000 students and teachers in attendance each day, who all earned their way by being champions of change in their communities, WE Day is a testament to what we can all do in our everyday lives to make a difference in someone else’s.
February 3rd and 4th, Montreal hosted its WE Days, and Ardene was not only a sponsor, but as with all our WE Days, many Ardene employees volunteered their time to help sell ME to WE merchandise. The excitement in the theater was palpable, and it was heart-warming to see both repeat attendees; students who had been invited to the event for many consecutive years due to their charitable initiatives, as well as newcomers who were impressed by their first experience. With inspiring stories and powerful performances, it was clear that the room was united for the cause.
ME to WE Bracelets
We carry Rafiki, Imani and other handmade bracelets in our stores and online, all made with love by a woman in Kenya. Not only do they provide opportunity for the local women who make them but proceeds of each bracelet give access to vital resources like education, water food and health. We also carried ME to WE chocolate in both our stores and our cafeteria, helping communities in Ecuador with every purchase.
Through the ME to WE products we’ve sold, to date we’ve made more than 77,000 positive impacts in communities around the world and will continue with the same momentum this year as we introduce new products. Come see our current selection and Track Your Impact!
ME to WE x Basics
We started last year with a portion of our collection, and now our entire Basics collection helps support WE Well-being, which provides educational tools to help the mental and physical well-being of students and teachers across North America. Each item comes with a Track Your Impact tag for customers to know exactly where and how their purchase made a difference.
WE Village in Kenya
This past December, 6 employees won The Changemaker award, earning the opportunity to visit and volunteer in a WE village in Kenya this coming March. Through the 5 WE pillars: education, water, health, food security and opportunity, WE villages are able to transform communities and help them build a sustainable life. Giving employees the chance to experience it first-hand and see the positive impacts that have been made through our partnership will be life-changing.
Through all these endeavors and more to come, we are proud to be making a difference with WE and look forward to our coming year together.