The Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation works to make the dream of a better life reality by championing equity and empowering underserved communities around the world. Established in 2001, the Foundation is committed to making a difference across its core areas of focus: supporting cancer care and prevention, protecting the environment, fostering advocacy & access, and strengthening community resilience. It hopes to deliver meaningful change in its communities through its nonprofit partnerships, investments and volunteering programs.

Below are more stories about the work we’re doing to support our areas of focus.

Cancer Care and Prevention

MSK Ralph Lauren Center

In 2003, the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care was established in partnership with the nation’s leading cancer center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in New York City, to provide high-quality, compassionate cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment to all and help reduce health disparities and improve outcomes.

Since it was founded, MSK Ralph Lauren Center (MSK RLC) has cared for thousands of patients making it a beacon for accessible, compassionate cancer care for residents of Harlem and beyond. MSK RLC’s doctors and staff offer care in a warm and welcoming environment. The center provides cancer screenings, treatment services, surgical and radiation oncology referrals, and chemotherapy, along with a number of supportive services – including navigation programs, financial counseling and access to a medically-tailored food pantry supplemented with nutritional counseling.

Learn more about our partnership here.

Protecting the Environment

US Regenerative Cotton Fund

In 2021, the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation partnered with the Soil Health Institute to launch the U.S. Regenerative Cotton Fund (USRCF), a farmer-facing initiative that will support long-term, sustainable cotton production in the United States, with the goal of eliminating one million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent from the atmosphere by 2026.

Supported by a $5 million grant from the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation, the USRCF will empower cotton farmers to adopt regenerative practices, like cover cropping and no till, in a way that benefits their operation. Regenerative agricultural practices can address issues important to both consumers and the environment, such as climate change, water quality, and pollinator habitat. The program will also help to ensure farmers can generate long-term value for their operations including increased profitability.

Additionally, the USRCF will engage with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), specifically those with agricultural programs, to develop increased access to career paths in decision-making positions in U.S. agriculture and establish mentoring programs to help prepare the next generation of scientists and leaders in agriculture.

Advocacy & Access

Resilience Fund for Women in Global Value Chains

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Launched in the spring of 2021, the Resilience Fund for Women in Global Value Chains is a first-of-its-kind collaborative funding initiative bringing investors, like the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation, together with foundations and NGO partners, to invest in the health, safety, and economic resilience of the women who form the backbone of global value chains. The Fund aims to raise at least $10 million over three years to support locally driven solutions to the systemic problems that make women more vulnerable to crises like the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was established as a joint initiative of BSR, the United Nations Foundation’s Universal Access Project, and Women Win/Win-Win Strategies in close collaboration with founding corporate partners and investors Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation, PVH Foundation, Gap Foundation, H&M Foundation and The VF Foundation.

This innovative collaboration provides unrestricted funds to organizations in South Asia, trusting local and regional women’s funds, women-led organizations, and feminist leaders to know what their communities need and enabling them to direct resources to yield the strongest outcomes.

Read more about the Resilience Fund.

Community Resilience

COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Responding to the COVID-19 crisis that emerged in 2020, the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation committed $10 million to help our teams, partners and communities impacted by the pandemic.

Throughout 2020, the funds benefited our communities as we took the following actions:
· Provided financial grants through the Emergency Assistance Foundation for Ralph Lauren colleagues facing special circumstances like medical, eldercare or childcare needs;
· Contributed to the World Health Organization COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, a global effort supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic;
· Built on our 20-year commitment to cancer care through our Pink Pony Fund by supporting our long-standing network of international cancer institutions that are caring for people with cancer who are especially vulnerable at this time; and
· Committed to an inaugural gift to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) / Vogue Fashion Fund’s A Common Thread initiative for COVID-19 relief to support the American fashion community impacted by the pandemic.

Additionally, in partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), the Foundation allocated a portion of its relief funds to manufacture and donate 250,000 masks and 25,000 isolation gowns to workers on the front lines.

Read more about our COVID-19 efforts.