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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Save the Children: Running to a Healthy Future with TOMS

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with Save the Children, an international development organization and Shoe Giving Partner, since 2011. Read on to learn about how Save the Children’s Healthy Choices program will keep children active this coming school year: In the United States, nearly 1 in 5 children lives in poverty — that’s 15 million kids who know what it means to go without important things like healthy food and opportunities to play and exercise — things they need to grow, learn and…

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No Bully: Creating Bully-free Campuses

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with No Bully®, a U.S. based social change organization and Bully Prevention Giving Partner. Read on to learn more about No Bully’s methodology of preventing bullying in the school system from their Founder and CEO: Pablo was one of the most beaten down kids I have ever seen. This was his second year of middle school and Pablo was outgrowing his peers. Yet he stooped like an old man. Avoiding eye contact, he told me a…

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The Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian

Employee Name: Rose Jones Title:  Senior Designer, Women’s Footwear  Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian Tagline: Ears for Julian  What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project was to get Julian, a spirited seven-year-old boy, external ears. Julian is the son of my close friends Lisa and Dan and was born with a condition called Bilateral Microtia and Artresia. This is a congenital birth defect that affects about 1 in 25,000 births. His external ears, ear canals and much of his inner ear anatomy did not develop in utero. Not only was he born without ears, but also with moderate hearing loss. He…

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The TOMS UK Secret Garden Stage

With the festival season upon us, we wanted to take you back to our fifth TOMS UK team’s Secret Garden Stage at a one-day festival in London, UK, Bushstock, Saturday 18th June, organised by our friends at Communion. Words by Charlotte, UK Marketing Tucked away on a residential road in Shepherd’s Bush, think rows and rows of town houses, wondering ‘where is this TOMS Secret Garden Stage’, and then you spot a small but organised queue outside someone’s house. Could this be it? There’s a chalkboard with the line-up on it, so it must be the right place. The queue…

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Locals who give back: Bastien | Paris

Giving back to society and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Today, here is some inspiration to help you do the same. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to his daily life, in his own individual way. Meet Bastien of Bar Romain in Paris, who shares his story. Name: Bastien Lives in: Paris Occupation: Manager of the Brasserie Bar Romain, in Paris Hobbies: Sport What makes the Paris neighbourhood where you work special to you? What I…

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BRAC: She’s Saving Lives

BRAC’s network of more than 300,000 community health promoters is one of the largest in the world. Volunteers from local communities, like Ruth in Uganda, are trained to provide pre- and post-natal care to pregnant mothers and refer them to nearby clinics if they have pregnancy complications. Community health promoters also treat children for malaria, tuberculosis and malnutrition and host health forums to educate community members about how to stay healthy.   To learn more about BRAC and its Community Health Promoter Program, please visit bracusa.org.

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BRAC: Fighting poverty with community-led change

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. BRAC, an international development organization and Safe Birth Giving Partner, was recently ranked the number one NGO in the world for 2016 by NGO Advisor. Today, we are excited to share with you what makes them different. Bangladesh 2012. ©BRAC BRAC was founded in Bangladesh in 1972, and today is a global leader in creating opportunities for people living in poverty. Its founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, was an executive with Shell Oil; but he left his job to…

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The Story Behind our Rwanda Roast

June 2nd, 2014 by TOMS

Known as “The Land of a Thousand Hills,” Rwanda’s high elevation allows for production of world- class coffees. Farms in the country tend to be smaller in size, allowing our Master Roaster to micro-source premium beans from specialty farmers. Last Fall, we journeyed to Shyara Mountain in Rwanda to see how a roast comes to life. Allow us to introduce you to some of the people behind the cup.

It all starts with sourcing. All of our coffee beans are sourced through direct trade, which means that we work directly with the coffee growers. This way, the farmer sees the most financial benefit from their crop, helping these farmers raise their incomes, strengthening their ability to support themselves and their families through coffee. These farmers are committed to their craft, focused on nurturing some of the most premium beans in the world today.

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The growing conditions in Rwanda are rare and coveted by other growing regions of the world. The country is blessed with a warm, humid climate that also receives adequate rainfall- a necessary characteristic for coffee beans to grow. The high altitude is ideal for producing quality beans- making the hilly terrain a strong variable in the process.

These diverse growing conditions have coffee connoisseurs around the world seeking out premium Rwandan roasts. Our TOMS Roasting Co. Single Origin Rwanda Coffee is packed with crisp citrus notes and flavors of red fruits, featuring a sweet acidity in a medium body. But that’s not even the best part- what really exclusive about our Rwanda blend is the connection to the farmers who sourced the beans. With direct trade, Rwandan growers are connected to their coffee, they own the process from crop to cup and are guaranteed the best prices for their craft. Sourcing our beans from these farmers means stronger support for their families and investing in their coffee farms for the future.

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For Nathan, coffee provides a livelihood for his family of 8 children. He has been growing coffee for almost 40 years and is looked to as a role model for other farmers in his community. He utilizes his experience to mentor young farmers and teach them how to look after their coffee farms to produce their best crops. With direct trade practices he has been able to expand his farm and purchase more land for his sons to start their own harvests.

Many farmers never have the opportunity to taste their own coffee or see the finished product. When we showed Nathan a bag of TOMS Roasting Co he couldn’t believe it. He was even more thrilled to know that his coffee would help provide safe water to his country.

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Meet Josephine, a no-nonsense mother of eight children who owns the family-operated farm where our Rwanda roast beans come from. Josephine lost her husband in Rwanda’s genocide, but harbored a fierce determination to make a better life for her family. As one of the few female farm owners, she’s turned her operation into one of the best-performing farms in the region.

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Regine’s role as a cupper is to personally ensure that each batch produces fresh, vibrant flavors. After our beans are sorted and stored in coffee bags, a random sample from each bag is collected for a micro-roast and then cupped for taste. When Regine is not testing the quality of coffee beans you can find her studying- she is currently working towards her Bachelors Degree in Accounting. Working as a cupper has enabled Regine to pay for her classes and put herself through college.

The women hand sorters

It takes a global effort to make a great cup- like the women who hand-sort every bean. The simplest yet most comprehensive of the sorting methods, the hand sorting process is reserved for high- quality coffees. Hand sorters play a very important role in shaping the final flavor of the roast. These women identify defective beans, searching for unripe and discolored beans and separating them from the quality beans.

Every single bean is examined by a set of human eyes and hands, and the women who sort the beans take pride in knowing that their work will be appreciated all over the world. In Rwanda, sorting is a regarded as a highly valuable skill and these women are proud to support their families and put their children through school with their earnings.

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Can’t get enough of TOMS Roasting Co? Check out our new TOMS Roasting Club– sending you our selection of the finest whole beans every month to help provide clean water for people in need all year round. With every bag of coffee you purchase, TOMS will provide one week of clean water to a person in need. One for One.®

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Save the Children: Running to a Healthy Future with TOMS

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with Save the Children, an international development organization and Shoe Giving Partner, since 2011. Read on to learn about how Save the Children’s Healthy Choices program will keep children active this coming school year: In the United States, nearly 1 in 5 children lives in poverty — that’s 15 million kids who know what it means to go without important things like healthy food and opportunities to play and exercise — things they need to grow, learn and…

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No Bully: Creating Bully-free Campuses

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with No Bully®, a U.S. based social change organization and Bully Prevention Giving Partner. Read on to learn more about No Bully’s methodology of preventing bullying in the school system from their Founder and CEO: Pablo was one of the most beaten down kids I have ever seen. This was his second year of middle school and Pablo was outgrowing his peers. Yet he stooped like an old man. Avoiding eye contact, he told me a…

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The Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian

Employee Name: Rose Jones Title:  Senior Designer, Women’s Footwear  Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian Tagline: Ears for Julian  What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project was to get Julian, a spirited seven-year-old boy, external ears. Julian is the son of my close friends Lisa and Dan and was born with a condition called Bilateral Microtia and Artresia. This is a congenital birth defect that affects about 1 in 25,000 births. His external ears, ear canals and much of his inner ear anatomy did not develop in utero. Not only was he born without ears, but also with moderate hearing loss. He…

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The TOMS UK Secret Garden Stage

With the festival season upon us, we wanted to take you back to our fifth TOMS UK team’s Secret Garden Stage at a one-day festival in London, UK, Bushstock, Saturday 18th June, organised by our friends at Communion. Words by Charlotte, UK Marketing Tucked away on a residential road in Shepherd’s Bush, think rows and rows of town houses, wondering ‘where is this TOMS Secret Garden Stage’, and then you spot a small but organised queue outside someone’s house. Could this be it? There’s a chalkboard with the line-up on it, so it must be the right place. The queue…

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Locals who give back: Bastien | Paris

Giving back to society and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Today, here is some inspiration to help you do the same. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to his daily life, in his own individual way. Meet Bastien of Bar Romain in Paris, who shares his story. Name: Bastien Lives in: Paris Occupation: Manager of the Brasserie Bar Romain, in Paris Hobbies: Sport What makes the Paris neighbourhood where you work special to you? What I…

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BRAC: She’s Saving Lives

BRAC’s network of more than 300,000 community health promoters is one of the largest in the world. Volunteers from local communities, like Ruth in Uganda, are trained to provide pre- and post-natal care to pregnant mothers and refer them to nearby clinics if they have pregnancy complications. Community health promoters also treat children for malaria, tuberculosis and malnutrition and host health forums to educate community members about how to stay healthy.   To learn more about BRAC and its Community Health Promoter Program, please visit bracusa.org.

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BRAC: Fighting poverty with community-led change

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. BRAC, an international development organization and Safe Birth Giving Partner, was recently ranked the number one NGO in the world for 2016 by NGO Advisor. Today, we are excited to share with you what makes them different. Bangladesh 2012. ©BRAC BRAC was founded in Bangladesh in 1972, and today is a global leader in creating opportunities for people living in poverty. Its founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, was an executive with Shell Oil; but he left his job to…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Save the Children: Running to a Healthy Future with TOMS

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with Save the Children, an international development organization and Shoe Giving Partner, since 2011. Read on to learn about how Save the Children’s Healthy Choices program will keep children active this coming school year: In the United States, nearly 1 in 5 children lives in poverty — that’s 15 million kids who know what it means to go without important things like healthy food and opportunities to play and exercise — things they need to grow, learn and…

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No Bully: Creating Bully-free Campuses

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with No Bully®, a U.S. based social change organization and Bully Prevention Giving Partner. Read on to learn more about No Bully’s methodology of preventing bullying in the school system from their Founder and CEO: Pablo was one of the most beaten down kids I have ever seen. This was his second year of middle school and Pablo was outgrowing his peers. Yet he stooped like an old man. Avoiding eye contact, he told me a…

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The Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian

Employee Name: Rose Jones Title:  Senior Designer, Women’s Footwear  Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian Tagline: Ears for Julian  What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project was to get Julian, a spirited seven-year-old boy, external ears. Julian is the son of my close friends Lisa and Dan and was born with a condition called Bilateral Microtia and Artresia. This is a congenital birth defect that affects about 1 in 25,000 births. His external ears, ear canals and much of his inner ear anatomy did not develop in utero. Not only was he born without ears, but also with moderate hearing loss. He…

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The TOMS UK Secret Garden Stage

With the festival season upon us, we wanted to take you back to our fifth TOMS UK team’s Secret Garden Stage at a one-day festival in London, UK, Bushstock, Saturday 18th June, organised by our friends at Communion. Words by Charlotte, UK Marketing Tucked away on a residential road in Shepherd’s Bush, think rows and rows of town houses, wondering ‘where is this TOMS Secret Garden Stage’, and then you spot a small but organised queue outside someone’s house. Could this be it? There’s a chalkboard with the line-up on it, so it must be the right place. The queue…

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Locals who give back: Bastien | Paris

Giving back to society and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Today, here is some inspiration to help you do the same. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to his daily life, in his own individual way. Meet Bastien of Bar Romain in Paris, who shares his story. Name: Bastien Lives in: Paris Occupation: Manager of the Brasserie Bar Romain, in Paris Hobbies: Sport What makes the Paris neighbourhood where you work special to you? What I…

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BRAC: She’s Saving Lives

BRAC’s network of more than 300,000 community health promoters is one of the largest in the world. Volunteers from local communities, like Ruth in Uganda, are trained to provide pre- and post-natal care to pregnant mothers and refer them to nearby clinics if they have pregnancy complications. Community health promoters also treat children for malaria, tuberculosis and malnutrition and host health forums to educate community members about how to stay healthy.   To learn more about BRAC and its Community Health Promoter Program, please visit bracusa.org.

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BRAC: Fighting poverty with community-led change

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. BRAC, an international development organization and Safe Birth Giving Partner, was recently ranked the number one NGO in the world for 2016 by NGO Advisor. Today, we are excited to share with you what makes them different. Bangladesh 2012. ©BRAC BRAC was founded in Bangladesh in 1972, and today is a global leader in creating opportunities for people living in poverty. Its founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, was an executive with Shell Oil; but he left his job to…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Save the Children: Running to a Healthy Future with TOMS

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with Save the Children, an international development organization and Shoe Giving Partner, since 2011. Read on to learn about how Save the Children’s Healthy Choices program will keep children active this coming school year: In the United States, nearly 1 in 5 children lives in poverty — that’s 15 million kids who know what it means to go without important things like healthy food and opportunities to play and exercise — things they need to grow, learn and…

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No Bully: Creating Bully-free Campuses

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with No Bully®, a U.S. based social change organization and Bully Prevention Giving Partner. Read on to learn more about No Bully’s methodology of preventing bullying in the school system from their Founder and CEO: Pablo was one of the most beaten down kids I have ever seen. This was his second year of middle school and Pablo was outgrowing his peers. Yet he stooped like an old man. Avoiding eye contact, he told me a…

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The Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian

Employee Name: Rose Jones Title:  Senior Designer, Women’s Footwear  Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian Tagline: Ears for Julian  What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project was to get Julian, a spirited seven-year-old boy, external ears. Julian is the son of my close friends Lisa and Dan and was born with a condition called Bilateral Microtia and Artresia. This is a congenital birth defect that affects about 1 in 25,000 births. His external ears, ear canals and much of his inner ear anatomy did not develop in utero. Not only was he born without ears, but also with moderate hearing loss. He…

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The TOMS UK Secret Garden Stage

With the festival season upon us, we wanted to take you back to our fifth TOMS UK team’s Secret Garden Stage at a one-day festival in London, UK, Bushstock, Saturday 18th June, organised by our friends at Communion. Words by Charlotte, UK Marketing Tucked away on a residential road in Shepherd’s Bush, think rows and rows of town houses, wondering ‘where is this TOMS Secret Garden Stage’, and then you spot a small but organised queue outside someone’s house. Could this be it? There’s a chalkboard with the line-up on it, so it must be the right place. The queue…

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Locals who give back: Bastien | Paris

Giving back to society and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Today, here is some inspiration to help you do the same. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to his daily life, in his own individual way. Meet Bastien of Bar Romain in Paris, who shares his story. Name: Bastien Lives in: Paris Occupation: Manager of the Brasserie Bar Romain, in Paris Hobbies: Sport What makes the Paris neighbourhood where you work special to you? What I…

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BRAC: She’s Saving Lives

BRAC’s network of more than 300,000 community health promoters is one of the largest in the world. Volunteers from local communities, like Ruth in Uganda, are trained to provide pre- and post-natal care to pregnant mothers and refer them to nearby clinics if they have pregnancy complications. Community health promoters also treat children for malaria, tuberculosis and malnutrition and host health forums to educate community members about how to stay healthy.   To learn more about BRAC and its Community Health Promoter Program, please visit bracusa.org.

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BRAC: Fighting poverty with community-led change

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. BRAC, an international development organization and Safe Birth Giving Partner, was recently ranked the number one NGO in the world for 2016 by NGO Advisor. Today, we are excited to share with you what makes them different. Bangladesh 2012. ©BRAC BRAC was founded in Bangladesh in 1972, and today is a global leader in creating opportunities for people living in poverty. Its founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, was an executive with Shell Oil; but he left his job to…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Save the Children: Running to a Healthy Future with TOMS

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with Save the Children, an international development organization and Shoe Giving Partner, since 2011. Read on to learn about how Save the Children’s Healthy Choices program will keep children active this coming school year: In the United States, nearly 1 in 5 children lives in poverty — that’s 15 million kids who know what it means to go without important things like healthy food and opportunities to play and exercise — things they need to grow, learn and…

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No Bully: Creating Bully-free Campuses

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with No Bully®, a U.S. based social change organization and Bully Prevention Giving Partner. Read on to learn more about No Bully’s methodology of preventing bullying in the school system from their Founder and CEO: Pablo was one of the most beaten down kids I have ever seen. This was his second year of middle school and Pablo was outgrowing his peers. Yet he stooped like an old man. Avoiding eye contact, he told me a…

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The Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian

Employee Name: Rose Jones Title:  Senior Designer, Women’s Footwear  Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian Tagline: Ears for Julian  What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project was to get Julian, a spirited seven-year-old boy, external ears. Julian is the son of my close friends Lisa and Dan and was born with a condition called Bilateral Microtia and Artresia. This is a congenital birth defect that affects about 1 in 25,000 births. His external ears, ear canals and much of his inner ear anatomy did not develop in utero. Not only was he born without ears, but also with moderate hearing loss. He…

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The TOMS UK Secret Garden Stage

With the festival season upon us, we wanted to take you back to our fifth TOMS UK team’s Secret Garden Stage at a one-day festival in London, UK, Bushstock, Saturday 18th June, organised by our friends at Communion. Words by Charlotte, UK Marketing Tucked away on a residential road in Shepherd’s Bush, think rows and rows of town houses, wondering ‘where is this TOMS Secret Garden Stage’, and then you spot a small but organised queue outside someone’s house. Could this be it? There’s a chalkboard with the line-up on it, so it must be the right place. The queue…

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Locals who give back: Bastien | Paris

Giving back to society and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Today, here is some inspiration to help you do the same. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to his daily life, in his own individual way. Meet Bastien of Bar Romain in Paris, who shares his story. Name: Bastien Lives in: Paris Occupation: Manager of the Brasserie Bar Romain, in Paris Hobbies: Sport What makes the Paris neighbourhood where you work special to you? What I…

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BRAC: She’s Saving Lives

BRAC’s network of more than 300,000 community health promoters is one of the largest in the world. Volunteers from local communities, like Ruth in Uganda, are trained to provide pre- and post-natal care to pregnant mothers and refer them to nearby clinics if they have pregnancy complications. Community health promoters also treat children for malaria, tuberculosis and malnutrition and host health forums to educate community members about how to stay healthy.   To learn more about BRAC and its Community Health Promoter Program, please visit bracusa.org.

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BRAC: Fighting poverty with community-led change

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. BRAC, an international development organization and Safe Birth Giving Partner, was recently ranked the number one NGO in the world for 2016 by NGO Advisor. Today, we are excited to share with you what makes them different. Bangladesh 2012. ©BRAC BRAC was founded in Bangladesh in 1972, and today is a global leader in creating opportunities for people living in poverty. Its founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, was an executive with Shell Oil; but he left his job to…

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