Michael Hill Launches Philanthropic Foundation

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By Published On: February 29, 20240 Comments

The Michael Hill Foundation aims to empower 100,000 women by 2030 as one of the company’s 2030 sustainability goals.

Michael Hill has announced the launch of The Michael Hill Foundation as a part of its commitment to its 2030 sustainability goals. 

Michael Hill’s 2030 sustainability goals cover three main pillars: Planet: nurturing nature and reducing negative impacts to net zero, Product: ensuring 100 percent of products will be sustainable, responsible, or circular, and People: which focuses on improving the lives of people across its value chain.

The Michael Hill Foundation has two key philanthropic focus areas: one that falls under the People pillar in empowering women, by supporting disadvantaged women in the markets in which the company operates. And its second focus is on the planet with nature restoration which ensures a positive contribution towards the restoration and conservation of the natural environment.

Michael Hill aims to empower 100,000 women through its foundation by 2030. In 2024 the company will be continuing existing partnerships in Australia and New Zealand, and introducing a new Canadian partnership with The Period Purse, who strive to create menstrual equity.

In honouring its commitment to improving lives all the way across its value chain, the foundation will also support women and girls in Danta in the state of Gujarat in India – a key diamond region intrinsically linked to the jewellery industry and our Michael Hill. Rosy Blue Foundation, the registered charity organisation of Michael Hill’s key jewellery product supplier in India, will help to coordinate this work on the ground.

Another goal of the foundation is to plant one million trees by 2030 in which it calls “the simplest, yet most critical initiative that aids in improving air quality, sequestering carbon, preventing soil erosion, and providing biodiverse habitats”. 

Michael Hill Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Bracken explained that the targets set to support its various charity partners – currently including Dress for Success (AU), The Period Purse (CA), Women’s Refuge (NZ), the Collective Good Foundation (India), and One Tree Planted – indicate the company’s firm commitment to effecting change.

“We are extremely proud that we have established The Michael Hill Foundation and our ongoing commitment to contribute to empower more than 100,000 women by 2030,” he said.

“We recognise the impact our industry plays on the environment, and we are choosing to focus on sourcing our products to reduce as much impact as possible. Our commitment to planting up to one million trees throughout Australia, New Zealand and Canada, our key operational markets, by 2030 is another way we can make a difference for our planet.”

“We have the ambition to be one of the most sustainable jewellery brands in the world and we are proud to be progressing our goal.” 

Michael Hill is set to achieve these targets by donating a portion of sales of selected jewellery to its charity partners. 

Kerrie Hockless, Michael Hill Group Strategy Manager and Head of Sustainability added: “The launch of The Michael Hill Foundation is the next step in our commitment  to a more sustainable future for our planet and a strong focus on empowering women – a cause incredibly close to our brand.”

About the Author: Rosalea Catterson

Rosalea is the Editor of Power Retail. With a keen interest in consumer behaviour and tech, she covers everything ecommerce and hosts the Power Retail Power Talks Podcast.

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