During 2021 we have continued to support and have a positive impact
in the communities in which we live and work, in total, over 200
programes were undertaken.
Globally, our community activities are
grounded in 3 key areas based on principles outlined by the United
Nations Sustainable Development Goals:
Covid Pandemic Response
During the year, South America, Bangladesh, Vietnam, China, EMEA
and India clusters carried out more than 20 actions aimed at preventing
Covid. Some of the main actions were:
- Awareness sessions on Health
& Safety protocols for employees and external community
session on Psychological wellness during pandemic for all employees
(Bangladesh and South America)
- Distribution of Covid care Kits
and PPEs for all employees and more than 2,000 kits were donated to
people in need (external) and 3,000 for internal employees in South
In addition, the South America cluster held several
campaigns with videos and materials about Covid prevention.
Health & Wellbeing
Feeding program for Kids-One-Taka-Meal - Partnered with
Bidyanondo Foundation (NGO). We were successful in raising
nearly $3,000 as donations from both our colleagues and from
Coats Bangladesh. Thanks to this overwhelming response, Coats
Bangladesh and Bidyanondo successfully conducted the ‘Feeding
program for Kids- One Taka Meal’ at Chattogram and Dhaka
with the help of 15 volunteers from Coats Bangladesh. Over the
4-day long program a total of 2000 underprivileged children were
provided a meal.
Agent for Change (McDowell High School) - Collect 6044 plastic
bags to create “plarn” or string from plastic bags Lightweight rugs
(which help protect from cold, damp or heat) were crocheted from
this recycled material and distributed to the homeless.
Coats donated medical commodities to the local community in the
Hung Yen province to the value of 297,100,000VND. The donation
was gratefully received by the local authority when the pandemic
situation in the province spread rapidly.
The Coats Solidaria Program donated more than 4,000 items
(clothes, toys, food, school supplies, threads, etc.) to the external
community (UNAS and others NGO´s) in 2021. In order to encourage
employees to take care of their mental health, we hired an online
platform - Zenklub - of therapy, yoga, meditation and other
activities for wired employees. In addition, we have social assistant
and psychological support to non-wired employees. We also trained
the leaders on how to deal with employee’s mental health.
Education / Textile Skills Development
With the start of the Covid pandemic in South America last year, our
handcraft classes had to be cancelled to prioritise the health and safety
of everyone. In 2021, we ran remote classes taught by our handcraft
teacher. The purpose of the course is to provide greater autonomy
to families and generate a second income for the students, in the
community and for employees. There were a total of 60 students.
Threads were provided for free from Coats.
Coats India partnered with Shahi Exports in providing skill
development training to women in Madurai and thereby become
employable. Suitable employment opportunities were also referred
to these women post training. This skill development has been
planned over multiple groups, one of which was held with 30
women participants conducted during Feb - April 2021. Tailoring
skills imparted to 2 batches of 60 women in the local community
with the help of a skill development agency.
Summer Internship Program 2021 - Bridging the gap between
business and academia, providing students opportunity to interact in a
corporate business environment for their professional learning.
During the year, we developed 6 Mental Wellbeing Event for all
employees to discuss and share ideas about mental health
and wellbeing. Topics covered include Crisis Fatigue, Self Care and
how to raise mental health with Peers or manager. The majority of
talks were open to all employees and were recorded to enable anyone
unable to join to access at a later date.
Coats takes pride in the work carried out to provide support to
communities around the world. Our aim for the future is to raise
awareness among both our own employees, and our suppliers, in
terms of the importance of supporting the lives and livelihoods of
those who live in areas where we operate. We would like to ensure
that all of Coats employees are able to participate in voluntary
community work, furthermore that our suppliers enable their
employees the opportunity to volunteer and give back to their