Partner since 2005
Gucci has been supporting UNICEF's pandemic relief efforts since the early days of COVID-19, including the procurement and distribution of personal protection equipment and other critical supplies. In December 2020, Gucci joined UNICEF USA in support of UNICEF's plan to ensure equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution with a $500,000 donation plus $100,000 in matching funds. In December 2021, Gucci followed up with another round of support for the delivery of up to 200,000 COVID-19 vaccines, to help get more doses from tarmacs into arms.
"[I]f vaccines aren’t available to all, the pandemic will never truly end," Gucci President and CEO Marco Bizzarri said. "This is why we created an internal initiative in which the entire company – all 20,000 of us at Gucci, united as one – will donate 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine kits to UNICEF, strengthening our support in ensuring that vaccines are equitably procured and distributed to the most vulnerable communities around the world.”
The COVID-19 vaccine donation is the latest of a series of initiatives within the long-term collaboration between Gucci and UNICEF, which dates back to 2005. To date, through this partnership and via all contributions gathered globally, Gucci has helped UNICEF:
- procure and deliver 600 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to 144 primarily low- and middle-income countries
- deliver more than 600,000 COVID-19 RT-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Tests (AgRDTs) to 55 countries
- conduct risk communication and community engagement activities in 88 countries
Gucci also supports an array of UNICEF education initiatives in Africa and efforts to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in Burundi, through Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s the BeyGoodForBurundi initiative.
Working with UNICEF USA, Gucci has raised over $5 million for UNICEF programs since 2005 through various activities, including events, corporate and employee donations, sales of an annual Gucci for UNICEF bag. Additional funding support has been provided through grants made in association with the Gucci Children’s Collection.
Total contributions to UNICEF's work to date top $20 million.
Helping disadvantaged children access quality education
In previous years Gucci has backed education initiatives in Burkina Faso, Malawi and Mozambique, among other countries, to ensure that the most disadvantaged children, including girls, orphans and those living in extreme poverty, can access quality education. Parternship-supported activities have reached 7.5 million children living in Sub-Saharan Africa and China.
In June 2015, on the 10th anniversary of its UNICEF partnership, Gucci released a short docu-film, Growing Tall. Narrated by children, teachers and parents in a rural community in Mozambique, the film highlights progress made in education over a decade, and illustrates the power of education to transform lives, particularly for girls and women.
A global campaign to advance the empowerment of women and girls
Founded by Gucci, CHIME FOR CHANGE is a global campaign to raise funds and awareness for girls and women around the world focusing on the areas of education, health and justice.
With the support generated through this campaign, UNICEF has been able to provide scholarships to girls, immunizations for women to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus, psychosocial support services to Syrian refugees and more.