Its good to see collaborative initiatives being taken by two organisations to help raise awareness for refugees and asylum seekers. Uniqlo, one of Japan’s most successful clothing retailers and the United Nations have teamed together to launch a charity T-shirt project in June 2009.
The T-shirts, which will cost 1,500 yen, will carry messages from well-known Japanese celebrities and will be on sale from June 8th at major Uniqlo stores in Japan and around the world. The money raised from the T-shirts will be donated to the United Nations High Comission for Refugees.
This is not the only initiative of Uniqlo in achieving corporate social responsibility. It is cheering to know that since 2001 the store has been recycling customers old Uniqlo fleeces purchases and sending them to the refugee camps in Tanzania, Uganda and Ethopia.
One of the celebrities to provide his assistance to this current T-shirt charity project is architect Tadao Ando. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Ando many years ago and we are photographed below.