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Q&A: Japanese clothing retail giant helps refugees in unique ways

Author: UNHCR, Published on: 23 January 2012

The refugee agency's [UNHCR's] partnership with UNIQLO, Japan's leading clothing retail chain, has been developing in exciting ways over the past few years...Initially, UNIQLO distributed used clothes to refugees in camps..."So far we have distributed more than 5 million items of clothing to refugees. In 2012, we plan to reach 10 million and, within 5 years, we hope to collect 43 million items so that we can give one item of clothing to every [forcibly] displaced person in the world" [says] Yukihiro Nitta, a senior executive of UNIQLO's holding company, Fast Retailing..."In our talks here in Geneva with UNHCR, we discussed the possibility of working together with other companies like UPS and IKEA"...

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Related companies: Fast Retailing IKEA Uniqlo (part of Fast Retailing) UPS