Last week during the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie announced that TOMS will begin manufacturing shoes in Haiti in January 2014. Mycoskie said, “Three years ago at CGI the President asked me to help support the people of Haiti, and TOMS responded by giving hundreds of thousands of new pairs of shoes to children in need. Today, our dedication to Haiti is so much greater, and we look forward to creating jobs and opportunities in Haiti over the next several years.”
TOMS has made a five-year production commitment to produce millions of shoes for and within Haiti and plans to hire at least 100 employees within Haiti. The company also hopes develop local partnerships in order to support the infrastructure of local employees, their families, and the broader community. Over the past year, TOMS has also been collaborating with over 30 artisans in Haiti to design a successful, limited edition series of retail shoes under the Haiti Artists Collective banner.
This will be the first time in TOMS has had the opportunity to support the development of vital public-private partnerships, substantial employment opportunity, and collaboration with the U.S. government on import and export opportunities from Haiti.