While traveling in Argentina in 2006, TOMS® Founder Blake Mycoskie witnessed the hardships faced by children growing up without shoes. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a new pair of shoes for a child in need. One for One®. What began as a simple idea has evolved into a powerful business model that helps address need and advance health, education and economic opportunity for children and their communities around the world.
TOMS® was built on the belief in a better tomorrow. In 2006, our founder Blake Mycoskie pioneered the One for One® model after an inspiring trip to Argentina, where he met children who did not have shoes. Since then, our community has provided shoes, sight, and safe water to more than 96.5 million people around the world.
Our model has evolved. For every $3 we make, we give $1 away. In other words, we give one third of our net profits. In addition to providing for basic human needs, we’re taking a stand on pressing human issues. And when people wear TOMS®, they’re taking a stand too—for the issues of today, and for a better tomorrow.
As a for-profit business invested in a better tomorrow, we’re committed to a model that sustains our giving as well as our business. This enables us to develop lasting partnerships with the organizations we support, creating a more sustainable way of giving.
While we have evolved the way we give, we have not changed our commitment to give with every purchase. We are expanding where and how impact is delivered so that our customer and employee efforts are more connected to positive change on issues that matter in their communities and beyond.
At TOMS, we believe in a better tomorrow, one where humanity thrives. To us, that means no matter who you are or where you live, you feel physically safe, mentally healthy, and have equal access to opportunities. We define these impact areas as follows:
Equality of Opportunity — Ensuring disadvantaged groups have equal access to education, health care, and decent work to empower their own lives and their communities.
Physical Safety — Everyone has the right to be free of violence whether it be in their home, school or community.
Mental Health — A state of wellbeing in which every individual realizes their potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to their community.
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