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Radley Stories

People & Planet

Empowering Women to Succeed this International Women’s Day

14 April 2022

Happy International Women’s Day to all of our readers, customers, and team members. Our aim with everything we do at Radley London year-round is to lift women up. We design for women and because of them. So to mark the day, we’re supporting a charity close to our hearts. Smart Works. We’re donating £5 from every sale - online and in our full price stores - on 8th March.  And this is just the beginning.

 

WHAT DOES SMART WORKS DO?

The organisation exists to give unemployed women the confidence they need to reach their full potential, secure employment and change the trajectory of their lives.

Unemployed women are referred to Smart Works from job centres, mental health charities, women’s refuges, homeless shelters, the prison service, care service and youth organisations. They receive  a bespoke dressing consultation with two trained volunteers, to find a beautiful and high-quality interview outfit that will fill her with confidence. This is followed by a one-to-one coaching session with an expert interview coach, where each client receives valuable interview preparation. Unlocking her potential and enabling her to succeed at interview.

Following this, 69% of clients secure a job within a month. And the support doesn’t end there. Once they get the job they receive a capsule wardrobe to last until their first pay cheque and can arrange monthly coaching sessions to set them up for professional success.

 

HOW WILL RADLEY LONDON SUPPORT THEIR MISSION?

Our donation for International Women’s Day is just the start. Our Head of Marketing, Louise Taylor, explains how the partnership came about

“It’s such a natural fit for Radley London to team up with Smart Works. We both champion women in all we do, and understand that fashion can be incredibly empowering. We’re excited to build our partnership after what we know will be an incredible International Women’s Day. And we have team members already eager to volunteer at centres.”

Find out more about Smart Works.

#BreakTheBias

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is especially close to our hearts here at Radley London. We already have audits in place to ensure our full supply chain complies with anti-discrimination labour promises – every person regardless of gender, sexual or religious orientation or belief is treated equally. With the same wages, the same management and support across our partners.  Read more about how we work with our suppliers.

However we recognise that bias can still exist in many forms, and as a company and as individuals, we’re determined to #BreakTheBias and work for a gender equal world.