Collaboration with society

Tempe for&from store team at Culleredo (A Coruña).

Inditex works on different levels to help include people with special needs or in vulnerable situations in the workforce. The Group also ensures that all its employees with social concerns can find in Inditex a driving force to get their social projects off the ground.

In particular, in 2015 Inditex strengthened its commitment to the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality to help raise awareness about gender violence and incorporate victims in the workplace. In line with this commitment, logistics platforms organized talks and activities with their works councils to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Salta and Jeunes Projects

Several years ago, Inditex launched a series of social initiatives to help include groups with special needs or vulnerable situations in the workforce. Among these, the Salta and Jeunes projects deserve special mention. The two initiatives share the same objective:

The Jeunes project was created in France in 2008 and aims to promote the employment of at-risk youth in the Paris metropolitan area. The Salta project was launched shortly afterwards in Spain to offer opportunities to young people at risk of social exclusion.

Success achieved in these two countries has led to the implementation of the Salta Mundo programme in eight more cities: Mexico, New York, Lisbon, London, Milan, Athens, Paris and Warsaw. This initiative adds to our shared commitment to support society and people at risk of exclusion and it is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. This project has helped over 200 hundred people to gain long-term access to the labour market. These initiatives are yet another way we show our support for society and its most disadvantaged groups, in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The Salta project would not have been nearly as beneficial without the involvement of Inditex's employees, who played a key role in bringing the project alive in its implementation and follow-up phases, and in the transformation of the participants. A total of 638 employees worked to train, mentor and follow up with new staff to ensure their correct incorporation and adaptation to their new jobs. The plan is to extend this programme to five new countries in 2016.

for&from Project

The for&from Project is a socially innovative programme run by Inditex to provide jobs for people with disabilities. The project is based on creating a network of special stores that align with the principles that govern our franchises. These establishments are managed by non-profit organizations and run, entirely and to the extent possible, by people with disabilities.

The model is based on supplying clothing and accessories from past seasons, which are sold at reduced prices by the franchised social organizations. After Inditex’s initial donation to build the store, the model sustains itself through product sales.

In 2015, Inditex opened its ninth for&from store in the Tempe format. The establishment, located in Culleredo (A Coruña), is staffed entirely by people with physical and or intellectual disabilities.

The for&from project currently generates 95 job positions, 75 of which are filled by people with disabilities. In 2015, the projects took in more than €5.3 million. Net profits exceeded €470,000, all of which were invested back into projects for disabled people run by the four partner organizations: Confederación Galega de Persoas con Discapacidad (COGAMI), Fundació Molí d’en Puigvert and Moltacte.

2014 2015 Change
Sales (in euros) 4,066,085 5,322,380 31%
Profit (in euros) 309,782 472,610 53%
Number of employees with disabilities 60 75 25%
depth of impact type of impact 100% 100% 100% 95 direct beneficiaries 75 people with disabilities hired 472.000 euros in net profits generated for social projects 100% Of the total number of direct beneficiaries*: connection improvement transformation behavior or attitude change skills or personal effectiveness quality of life/well-being

(*) Definitions of depth and type of impact have been established based on the LBG methodology and can be found on page 102.