Inditex is going to donate 750,000 garments of its different brands to the Spanish Committee of the High Commissioner of the UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR) for distribution in seven camps in Rwanda where around 149,000 displaced people are sheltering, mostly from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi. Through this initiative, which the company develops in collaboration with various suppliers, 139,571 units have been shipped in August; 111,048 will leave before the end of September and the rest, until the donation is completed, will do so before January 31, 2021, fully assuming the transport to the African country. The retail value of the donated products reaches 13.5 million euros.
Rwanda is one of the main host countries for those displaced by waves of instability in recent years in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as from Burundi. The first country has generated an estimated 5 million displaced people between 2017 and 2019. The tension in Burundi has caused the flight of hundreds of thousands of Burundians to neighboring countries. UNHCR is providing assistance in camps for the displaced. The most urgent needs are shelter, water, sanitation, medical care, clothing and food.
The president of Inditex, Pablo Isla, has referred to this long-term commitment that the company maintains in the care of refugees, and that occupies a fundamental part of its investment model in the community: “During the last 20 years, we have Stably collaborated with leading social organizations in their international cooperation and humanitarian aid programs for the care of refugees and forced migrants in numerous areas of Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. For all of us who make up Inditex it is a great motivation to maintain this involvement in the future ”.