As a social enterprise, we’re always inspired to learn about other companies that give back in some way. We’re even more excited when those companies also happen to be Canadian! Below, we have listed ten Canadian companies that have inspired us through their support of various causes including stopping childhood hunger, preserving the environment, and ending youth homelessness.
Home Depot Canada simultaneously sells home improvement products and fights against youth homelessness through the Home Depot Canada Foundation. Through grants, fundraising, and a volunteer program called Team Depot, the Home Depot Canada Foundation has been able to help homeless young adults. Last year, through the Orange Door Project Campaign, the foundation helped raise 1.5 million dollars for local charities. Their foundation has made a big impact in the battle against youth homelessness, including pledging 50 million dollars by 2022.
Local laundry is a Canadian clothing store that not only sells Canadian made apparel. Although when you purchase an item from Local Laundry, you are also supporting a good cause since the Canadian company gives 10% of their profits to local charities. So far, they have donated over 40 thousand dollars. In addition, Local Laundry raised and donated 20 thousand dollars to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund to help people in Calgary during the pandemic.
Tentree is a company that offers a range of outdoor apparel and accessories that are made ethically and from sustainable materials. The Canadian company also helps preserve the environment by planting 10 trees for each Tentree product that is purchased. They have planted over 43 million trees and plan on planting 1 billion trees by 2030.
This Canadian apparel company sells stylish Canadian made clothes for women, men and children. They also help children in need by giving 5 school meals with every Peace Collective product purchased. Currently, with the COVID-19 pandemic, Peace Collective is donating 3 meals with every purchase to their food bank partners across Canada. They also have launched the P/C Designer Fund to support Canadian black designers, where half of the funds help support the designers and their businesses and the rest of the funds support the charities that the designers choose.
Other Life Lessons is an award-winning Canadian company that creates books for children. These books help parents talk to their children about different topics while also supporting mental health programs for children. Specifically, when a book is ordered from their website, a part of the profits are donated to the Child Development Institute.
Comfy hoodies, sweatpants, and socks are just a few of the Canadian made items sold by Province Canada. Aside from having launched their stylish collections like the Club Canada collection, Province of Canada has also launched a 1 For 1 Sock Program. In the 1 For 1 Sock Program, they will donate a pair to a Canadian homeless shelter when you purchase a pair of socks from Province of Canada.
Good Food for Good sells a variety of sauces that have many selling points including being organic, Whole30 approved and having no added sugar. Another selling point is that they have a buy one feed one program where for each sauce sold, another sauce is donated to a food bank. The Good Food for Good company has donated 285,258 meals so far. If that is not enough, buying their stylish tote bag helps feed twenty people.
From flamingos to unicorns, Cuddle + Kind sells adorable hand-knit dolls. Not only are the dolls fair trade, they also fight against childhood hunger, with each purchase providing ten meals to children in need. The purchases from Cuddle + Kind, as of September 2015, have given over 8 million meals.
Cheekbone Beauty offers a variety of makeup products including liquid lipstick, eyebrow gel and lipgloss. The Canadian cosmetic company offers cruelty-free and paraben-free makeup products while helping the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society by donating 10% of their profits to Shannen’s Dream.
Do you know any other Canadian companies that give back? Comment below!
Author: Chloe Barclay-Illing