Community Engagement

As a family-owned company, we feel very strongly about our commitment to the social well-being of our employees and the people in our business environment. We support people who find themselves in need or at a disadvantage, and help them to help themselves – at our own business locations as well as in our procurement markets. In this way, we seek to promote solidarity and enable opportunity and advancement in our society.

Commitment to our employees

Anyone can suddenly suffer a fateful blow and find the foundations of their world shaken from one day to the next. The Bernd Freier Fund, set up by our company’s founder and owner, provides assistance for employees and family members. The fund is open to applications from all employees who have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own, and provides financial assistance in difficult life situations.

Commitment at our locations

Through our employee initiative ‘You are welcome’, we show solidarity with people in need in the region around our company headquarters. The s.Oliver management makes a budget available for this purpose, which is administered by the initiative on its own responsibility and used for a good purpose in a targeted and needs-based manner. The focus is on donations in the form of clothing. These are preferentially given to social institutions that support disadvantaged children and youths.

Another important pillar of our commitment is sports sponsorship, where we mainly support regional clubs. The basketball team s.Oliver Würzburg is a prominent example of this. The s.Oliver Group is also a long-time sponsor of the Special Olympics.

Commitment in our procurement markets

As a fashion company with a global purchasing strategy, we also care about advancing social issues in our procurement markets. In addition to our processes to safeguard social standards in the supply chain, we want to make a contribution to helping people around the world achieve better living conditions.

One of our initiatives is specifically dedicated to the topic of education in textile production. ‘Work2Learn Advanced’ is the name of the project that we launched in Bangladesh in cooperation with the children’s rights organisation Save the Children. It offers disadvantaged youths in Dhaka vocational training in the clothing industry, thereby giving them a chance at appropriate employment with higher pay.

Together with our partner Cotton made in Africa, an initiative of the Aid by Trade Foundation, we are also committed to helping small farmers grow cotton in Africa. You can find more information here.