How Your Purchase Creates Change
Making an impact, from basic human needs to pressing human issues
TOMS has always stood for a better tomorrow.
Since 2006, we’ve given shoes, sight, and safe water to more than 94 million people, and we have our customers to thank for turning our mission—using business to improve lives—into a movement.
But the problems facing our world today are more complex than ever. So we are more committed than ever to finding new solutions: in addition to providing for basic human needs, we’re taking a stand on today’s most pressing human issues.
And with every TOMS purchase, you're taking a stand too—for the issues of today, and for a better tomorrow.
Your purchases support action on today’s most pressing issues, such as gun violence, homelessness, and gender inequality.
In 2018, we took our first-issue based stand in the US with an initiative called End Gun Violence Together. So far, we’ve committed $5 million to organizations working to end gun violence, and activated the TOMS community to help pass universal background checks in the House of Representatives by sending 730,000+ postcards to Congress.
As we continue to address this issue, we are focusing our efforts on supporting organizations in communities that are affected by gun violence on a daily basis.
Impact to date:
$5 million committed to organizations working to end gun violence
$250,000 to organizations working to end homelessness
$210,000 to organizations working toward equality and female empowerment
And in the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Australia, and Philippines, we’re standing with local changemakers to address the issues facing their communities, with a focus on homelessness and gender inequality.
TOMS was founded on a simple idea: by buying a pair of shoes, you could help give shoes to children in need.
While traveling in Argentina, TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie saw the hardships faced by children without shoes, which ranged from health risks to the inability to attend school. So, he started a company to do something about it.
Impact to date: 93 million+ pairs of shoes
Today, your purchases support our partnerships with organizations in 20 countries—including the US—that integrate need-specific TOMS shoes into larger education, health, and well-being initiatives.
That means the impact of your purchase goes beyond the shoes themselves—it can enable kids to attend school, play sports, and avoid health risks associated with inclement weather.
Our goals for shoe giving remain ambitious: by 2020, we aim to have given over 100 million pairs.
In 2011, we began designing TOMS Eyewear with a greater purpose in mind.
285 million people worldwide are blind or visually impaired. 80% of them don’t have to be. So, we devoted part of our business to helping restore sight to people in need.
Impact to date:
770,000+ sight restorations
Your purchases help establish self-sustaining vision centers in rural areas around the world. TOMS has already helped build 43 of these centers, which restore sight to those in need by providing prescription glasses, medical treatment, and sight-saving surgery.
As a result, those impacted are able to reclaim their independence and become more deeply involved in their communities.
Safe Water Systems
With the launch of TOMS Roasting Co in 2014, your purchases began supporting the creation of safe water systems in the regions where we source our coffee.
This, in turn, has led to improved health, increased economic opportunity, and greater access to education in these areas.
Impact to date:
720,000+ weeks of safe water
We continue to support organizations in these regions that will supply safe water to entire communities for generations to come.
To create meaningful, lasting impact, we work with Giving Partners around the world who have a deep understanding of the people they serve, and expertise in community development. These organizations are sustainable, locally-staffed, and locally-led, with a long-term commitment to their regions.
But we have another critical partner in this: you.
The change we help create through impact grants, shoe giving, sight restoration, and safe water systems—none of it is possible without you.
Every TOMS purchase enables us to build a better tomorrow, whether that means shoes for children halfway around the world, or safety in our communities right here at home.
So yes, we’re taking a stand. But with every purchase, so are you.