We believe that making great footwear is only one part of our job. An equally important part is being active members of our local communities and in the greater global community—using our talents, ingenuity and work ethic to bring assistance where it's needed. Below are some of the ways we work together to make a difference.
The Clarks Companies Foundation was founded in 2006 to help young people achieve their academic goals by providing scholarships that help students attend universities, community colleges and certificate programs. Learn More.
Clarks plays an active role in supporting Triangle, Inc., helping people with disabilities gain greater dignity, independence and economic self-sufficiency. In 2011, Clarks retail employees raised over $765K during the holiday season by selling store coupons. All proceeds of the sales went to Triangle, Inc. Learn more.
Clarks First Step Program provides six-month paid internships to people with disabilities in our supportive work environment. While not everyone continues a career at Clarks after their internship, it offers real work experience and a great step forward. Most importantly, they leave feeling confident about their abilities and have made many new friends on their path to gainful employment.
Each year Two/Ten provides more than $1.6 million in funds and services to the footwear community. In partnership with The Clarks Companies, North America, Two/Ten has supported our employees with student scholarships, social service support, career support and retirement and health planning. Learn more. Learn more.
The Soul of Africa program was founded by Lance Clark to help South African villagers affected by AIDS. By teaching them how to make simple, comfortable hand-sewn footwear, this initiative gives meaningful employment to many women in some of the most impoverished regions in South Africa. For every pair sold, Clarks donates all the proceeds to the care and support of children orphaned due to AIDS. Each pair sold also helps provide income for the people who stitch the shoes.
1 in 750 children worldwide is born with clubfoot. Without treatment, clubfoot makes walking difficult and results in a painful and humiliating disability. miraclefeet supports local health practitioners in their treatment of clubfoot using the gold-standard Ponsetti method. Clarks’ dedication to taking care of feet, particularly children’s feet, makes the miraclefeet organization an ideal partner. Clarks is helping miraclefeet to scale work in clubfoot clinics in India and to help design a low-cost, easy-to-use brace, a crucial component in the non-invasive care of clubfoot. Learn More.