4 Brands That Actually Give Back

by Sarah Martinez

Many companies are quick to support or donate to breast cancer awareness, but the fine print often reveals that it’s often just a few cents for every purchase. Any donation makes a difference, but some companies make big donations to make a difference for all kinds of women (and children) — and not just for the sake of good PR.

1. Purpose Jewelry

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The silver jewelry is handmade by modern-day slavery survivors. All of the proceeds go to International Sanctuary, which provides holistic care for former sex-slave victims.

2. Elephant Landing

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In 2003 a married couple,Caroline and Jayden, created a training center in rural India that teaches women how to sew and embroider, and gives them a sewing machine upon graduation from the program. These women also partner with Elephant Landing, and 100% of the profits go toward paying their wages and expanding the program to other villages in the country.

3. Viva Glam and the MAC AIDS Fund

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All proceeds from MAC’s VIVA GLAM products have been going to the AIDS fund since its creation in 1994 with the support of the legendary RuPaul (top). The fund provides food, clothing, and healthcare goods and services to those living with or who have been orphaned by HIV or AIDS.

4. Beza Threads

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The company believes redemption (beza in Ethiopia’s Amharic language) is possible. Former Ethiopian slaves make these scarves by hand, and 100% of the profits go toward freeing and educating these victims.

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