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America’s Bloomingdale’s presents a joint charity initiative with FIT

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The American chain of luxury department stores Bloomingdale’s announced the launch of a new social initiative called “b the change”. The leading retailer has partnered with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) of the State University of New York to launch the Bloomingdale’s x FIT Foundation for Sustainable Innovation, a collaboration that will oversee philanthropic and sustainability-oriented efforts for the new platform change.

“As we celebrate our milestone anniversary, we not only look back on the past 150 years, but also look ahead to the next era,” Bloomingdale’s Chairman and CEO Tony Spring says the press release. “We believe we have a responsibility to our colleagues, our customers and our community to help build a fairer, more sustainable future for all. We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to partner with FIT to make a difference in lives through new programs and initiatives that will help shape the future of our industry. Together, we are working towards a more inclusive, diverse culture and making our philanthropic efforts even more meaningful.”

American Bloomingdale’s announced the launch of a new social initiative called “b the change”. The retailer is partnering with FIT at the State University of New York to create the Bloomingdale’s x FIT Foundation for Sustainable Innovation, which will oversee philanthropic and sustainability-focused efforts for the b the change platform.

The new platform has three distinct pillars that build on philanthropic initiatives, educational programs and operational innovations dedicated to this commitment: b sustainable is protecting the planet for the next generation by conserving resources and reducing environmental impact; b inclusive to build a fairer future where all voices are heard and amplified; and b the future behind investing in today’s youth through mental health advocacy and equitable educational resources.

Bloomingdale’s and FIT have teamed up to develop this new philanthropic initiative that will highlight and celebrate sustainability and the next generation of creative industry leaders. Underpinning the changes, Bloomingdale’s x FIT Sustainable Innovation Fund will create new spaces and resources to support teaching and learning, research and sustainability-focused activities for students, faculty, alumni, industry partners and the community.

“FIT is honored to be a part of this new initiative created by Bloomingdale’s,” they explained FIT President Dr. Joyce F. Brown. “The partnership with Bloomingdale’s will foster and strengthen FIT’s strong, active and visible commitment to sustainable innovation. In collaboration with their management, we want to demonstrate that sustainable development is possible for a large institution and ultimately provide a model for other organizations. Like Bloomingdale’s, we recognize that sustainability is not an isolated goal; it extends to related areas such as corporate social responsibility, ethics and fair trade.’

The Bloomingdale’s x FIT Sustainable Innovation Fund, with a mission to engage the fashion and retail communities in the development of sustainable projects, will help both partner institutions achieve their shared goals of bringing people from the industry together through programs that spark new ideas and lead to the development of viable solutions, it added in the release.

Funds raised through this collaborative initiative will support a variety of commitment-driven efforts, including education and mentoring programs, innovation labs, sustainable fashion showcases, and more.

As part of its commitment to cultivating a more inclusive and sustainable future, Bloomingdale’s is committing to raise $2 million for its charitable partners through in-store and online events throughout the year. In honor of the launch of b the change and the Bloomingdale’s x FIT Foundation for Sustainable Innovation, shoppers can support the cause and donate by rounding up their purchase to the nearest dollar in-store or donating online at checkout throughout September.

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