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Eating for charity
The Project “Cozinha com Alma” (Cook/Kitchen with Soul) is a solidarity take-away initiative where all the profits go to provide a social grant to support middle and lower-middle class families in deep financial difficulties. The families have been selected by the local authority social commission.
Why it matters
In the current financial and social crisis where people are carefully selecting how they spend their money, this can be a way of starting or expanding a business. By sponsoring these type of solidarity businesses, big brands can effectively contribute to social causes not with money but with their own products as well. How can businesses contribute in a more direct way - and on a local level - during hard economic times?
100$ Laptops and cars selling for under 2000$ have already been created. Now Adidas plans to build a sneaker for the so called 3rd world that will cost around 1€ and be produced on a non-profit basis. The brand will cooperate with Nobel prize winner Muhammad Yunus and has dedicated itself to create jobs and chase the utopia that nobody on earth has to walk around bare feet. It has not be decided yet if the shoes will be branded at all.
Zwitsal, Holland’s leading skin care brand for children, is raising awareness of the importance of UV protection with the introduction of a special fire brigade that fights sunburn: the ‘Zwitsal Zonnebrandweer’. Its task is to respond to sunny conditions and a high UV index, by driving to ‘hazardous areas’ and informing parents and kids about the importance of protecting their skin.