New York City — UNIQLO has formed a new partnership with The Nature Conservancy, a global nonprofit committed to helping preserve the environment for future generations. UNIQLO in the U.S. is contributing $150,000 that will go toward the organization’s ‘Plant a Billion Trees’ program, aiding in forest restoration to slow the spread of biodiversity loss and climate change.
“We’re very proud to support The Nature Conservancy in their critical work around reforestation,” says Jean Shein, UNIQLO’s global director of sustainability. “UNIQLO’s brand purpose is to help make everyday life better, and we’re committed to helping to preserve nature for all to continue to enjoy. We look forward to sharing The Nature Conservancy’s mission and incredible impact with our customers.”
Throughout the course of this year, UNIQLO’s contribution will help plant 100,000 trees in some of the most vital forests across the United States, in places like The Upper Great Lakes (MI, MN, WI), Central Appalachia (WV), The North Woods (MI, MN, WI), Longleaf Pine Forests (VA, NC, FL, LA), Mississippi Delta (MS) and Shortleaf Pine Forests (AR). Planting new trees promotes biodiversity, filters fresh water, absorbs and stores carbon from the atmosphere, and helps to build healthier ecosystems that can mean better protection from extreme weather events.
“UNIQLO and The Nature Conservancy share the belief that we must act now to protect our planet from climate catastrophe and biodiversity loss and are delighted with our new partnership,” says Meg Goldthwaite, chief marketing & communications officer from The Nature Conservancy. “Together, we can raise awareness of the critical role forests play in sustaining our planet and move us closer to protecting 1.6 billion acres of land, one of our ambitious 2030 goals.”
UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese retail holding company with global headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. UNIQLO is the largest of eight brands in the Fast Retailing Group. UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world’s most important cities and locations. Today the company has a total of more than 2,400 stores across the world, including Japan, Asia, Europe and North America. For more information, visit www.uniqlo.com and www.fastretailing.com.
The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit founded in the U.S. in 1951; it has since grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world.