Volcom's Give Jeans a Chance campaign allows customers to drop off a pair of their used jeans (any brand) at participating Volcom stores from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30. Donors will receive a free Volcom hat, pin, or sticker, and entry into a contest for other Volcom prizes. The NCH will then distribute the donated denim to the homeless.
The donation period correlates with the all-important back-to-school shopping season, and I'm betting that Volcom wouldn't mind if denim donors snapped up the jeans it's advertising on the main page of Thrasher magazine website. Incidentally, its V.Co-Logical line of clothing is eco-friendly, so Volcom's making lots of headway in the realm of corporate social responsibility.
Still, Volcom's attempt to lure its customers to shop through their willingness to help is a lot more heartwarming than American Eagle's
Many public companies understand the need to give back these days. Wal-Mart
Companies that give back in various ways are not only making the world a better place, but also giving customers inspiring brands they can truly trust. That means investors have even better reasons to believe in those stocks for the long haul. Purpose-driven organizations often make great investments.
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