Ann Inc: It’s All About Women This Week–100,000 of Them

loftNew York—International Women’s Day is Saturday, March 8, and this year Ann Inc., parent company to Ann Taylor and LOFT, has pledged to positively impact the lives of 100,000 women through its ResponsiblyANN corporate social responsibility initiative by 2018.

Through its new 100,000 Women Commitment, Ann Inc. reaffirms its dedication to empowering women in its global supply chain community who make its beautiful products by providing in-factory health and financial education.

Forum at UN

“As a company that celebrates women, we are pleased to announce our ResponsiblyANN 100,000 Women Commitment and kick off a week-long celebration in honor of women around the world. At Ann Inc., we live by our purpose of inspiring and connecting with women to help them put their best selves forward every day. We take these words seriously and are very proud to be the first U.S.-based women’s specialty retailer to sign the Women’s Empowerment Principles,” said Kay Krill, president/ceo.

To celebrate this pledge and to recognize the achievements of women globally, the company will host and participate in a week of inspiring activities and initiatives leading up to International Women’s Day.

On March 4 and 5, Ann Inc. will join the International Women’s Day Forum, “Turning Inspiration into Action: Next Steps for the Private Sector to Empower Women Globally,” hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at the United Nations.  Coming off the heels of the Forum, Ann Inc. will become the first U.S.-based women’s specialty retailer to support the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, which provides guidance to businesses on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

On March 6, Ann Inc. will host a summit to discuss the global impact of breast cancer with longtime partner, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

In-Store Events at Ann Taylor, LOFT

Ann Taylor will show support of International Women’s Day through a series of activities and events.  On Saturday, March 8, Ann Taylor and Glamour magazine will host an in-store event at Ann Taylor’s New York City Flagship at 645 Madison Avenue featuring a panel discussion with Christy Turlington Burns, founder of Every Mother Counts, and Barbara Bush, co-founder/ceo of Global Health Corps, moderated by Genevieve Roth, Glamour’s Special Projects Director. The panel discussion will be streamed live via YouTube.com/AnnTaylorStyle beginning at 2 pm EST.  On that day, Ann Taylor will offer clients a limited edition ResponsiblyANN bracelet as a gift with purchase in all stores across the U.S. and Canada. This special gift is a symbol of Ann Taylor’s dedication to the modern women who inspire the brand every day and are committed to positively impacting women around the globe.

On March 8, LOFT will invite its clients and associates to participate in the company’s locally sponsored 2014 Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walks taking place in three major U.S. cities:  Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.  Volunteer mentors and mentees will walk and share their  experience and wisdom, forging supportive bonds that can help launch a new generation of leaders.

Additionally, the company is encouraging associates and clients alike to celebrate International Women’s Day by using #ANNFORWOMEN to thank women who have inspired them.  Ann Inc. will kick-off this call-to-action at an “hour of power” event at its corporate offices, serving as a moment in time for all associates to honor and celebrate women around the world, including those closest to them.

For more information, check out www.responsiblyann.com

 

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