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Equality and Community

CREATING A DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE BUSINESS WHERE EVERYONE BELONGS AND SUPPORTING CAUSES THAT IMPROVE LIVES AND COMMUNITIES.

Activating our business to improve lives

We believe that diversity is beautiful and improving our representation and inclusiveness is imperative – this work is vital in creating the kind of change we want to see within our culture and industry – and in the world.

With the resources we have and the platforms we’ve built, we have the privilege to help transform lives in our team, in the communities we work in, all around the world. Empowering our Princess Polly community to do the same is our next big goal, because we know you’ve got what it takes to change lives, too!

Our Equality and Community impact area is all about how we take care of our team, centralize Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, and support the causes we care about in the broader community.

Princess Polly is a participant of the United Nations Global Compact, and has aligned our Earth Club mission with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Within our Equality and Community impact area, we are focused on three Sustainable Development Goals where we believe we can best contribute to:

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Reduce inequality within and among countries
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

OUR COMMITMENTS:

We believe that diversity is beautiful and improving our representation and inclusiveness is imperative – this work is vital in creating the kind of change we want to see within our culture and industry – and in the world.

We’re committed to making sure every Princess Polly customer can see themselves represented in our marketing, find the right product that meets their needs and see Princess Polly advocating for the causes they believe in. To start, by 2022 we will extend the size range of our products from sizes 4-22.

When it comes to our team, in 2020, we completed our first Current State Assessment, to identify the strengths, opportunities and any barriers to inclusion that may exist within Princess Polly’s culture. Based on the insights from the Assessment, we will build a Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging strategy that is tailored to address those specific gaps.

In the coming months, we are turning our attention to preparing and educating our teams and leaders. All leaders have already participated in inclusive leadership training and our teams will participate in training on inclusive workplaces and implicit bias in 2021. We’re also in the process of forming a diversity and inclusion advisory council, which will help us over the next few years to continue creating amazing staff experiences, map out employment pathways, and improve employee representation throughout our business.

To learn more about our other Primary Commitments, visit the Princess Polly Earth Club Hub.

When it comes to our local and global communities, we are committed to assisting, advocating for and giving a voice to the causes we care about. Launching in 2021, the Princess Polly Society is our program for partnering with charities that promote mental health, body positivity and wellness for individuals and communities, that provide opportunities centred on equality, or that protect and care for local environments.

A core part of these partnerships is helping our selected charities to reach their goals through funding. That’s why we are committed to donating at least USD$500,000 every year to projects that support our three pillars (mind & body, equality and environment), and creating opportunities for our customers to donate and get involved too.

We truly believe in the work our first Princess Polly Society partners, Butterfly Foundation and The Loveland Foundation, are achieving and in 2020 already donated USD$50,000 to each. We will be using our platform to advocate for their work to our Polly community, and enabling you to directly support them too by making a $1 donation when you check-out.

To learn more about our other Primary Commitments, visit the Princess Polly Earth Club Hub.

GOOD HABITS START AT HOME

At our head offices and distribution centres in Australia and the US, we’re focused on looking out for the mental health and wellbeing of our team members. Nothing means more to us than seeing our people live their best possible lives!

There’s a few ways we do this, including:

  • Giving everyone employed by Princess Polly, including casuals, access to an Employee Assistance Program
  • Employing onsite community managers who look out for everyone’s wellness and inclusion
  • Making a global hotline available for team members wanting to reach out and offer anonymous feedback
  • Supporting a culture of continuous learning through platforms such as Linkedin Learning

DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND BELONGING

Improving diversity, inclusion and a sense of belonging in our offices and distribution centres is imperative to us at Princess Polly – we see this work as vital in creating the kind of change we want to see within our culture and industry – and in the world.

In 2020, we completed our first Current State Assessment, to identify the strengths, opportunities and any barriers to inclusion that may exist within Princess Polly’s culture. Based on the insights from the Assessment, we will build a Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging strategy that is tailored to address those specific gaps. The assessment will also provide a baseline so we can measure progress as we move forward along this journey. We are working with experts to make sure this process is objective and comprehensive.

In the coming months, we are turning our attention to preparing and educating our teams and leaders. All leaders have already participated in inclusive leadership training and our teams will participate in training on inclusive workplaces and implicit bias in 2021.

We’re also in the process of forming an official diversity and inclusion advisory council, who will help us over the next few years to continue creating amazing staff experiences, map out employment pathways, and improve employee representation throughout our business.

EVERYONE IS INVITED

We believe that diversity is beautiful. We’re committed to making sure every Princess Polly customer can see themselves represented in our marketing, find the right product that meets their needs and see Princess Polly advocating for the causes they believe in.

We’re putting this belief into practice by:

  • Ensuring our products are available in sizes 4-16 (US 0 - 12), and in 2021, extending our sizing to size 22 (US 18)
  • Continuously engaging with partners which reflect the diversity of our audience
  • Having a strict policy against retouching for all images
  • Improving the accessibility of our website, taking into consideration those with different abilities. You can view your options currently by selecting Accessibility in our footer.

Moving forward, we’ll be continuing to work on improving representation in our marketing and on our website by engaging with a greater diversity of partners, using our platforms to support issues we believe in and working to understand where our products could be improved to meet the needs of all people.

GIVING GENEROUSLY

Transforming lives doesn’t happen by good wishes alone, which is why we’re donating to causes we believe in.

In 2020, we supported our communities through:

WHAT DID WE DO?

We hosted a pop-up sale to raise money for Australia’s bushfires

WHO DID WE SUPPORT?

WIRES - providing rescue and rehabilitation for all native Australian animals

RURAL FIRE SERVICE NSW - A volunteer-based firefighting agency

GREENING AUSTRALIA - protecting, restoring and conserving Australia’s native vegetation

HOW MUCH DID WE DONATE?

$46,600USD

WHAT DID WE DO?

We donated to organisations focused on equality or mind & body

WHO DID WE SUPPORT?

BUTTERFLY FOUNDATION – supporting those with eating disorders

THE LOVELAND FOUNDATION – showing up for communities of colour, especially women and girls of colour

BLACK LIVES MATTER GLOBAL NETWORK - fighting to end State-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people, and end white supremacy forever

CHANGE THE RECORD - fighting to end the incarceration of, and family violence against, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

HOW MUCH DID WE DONATE?

$50,000USD

$60,000USD

$10,000USD

$7,700USD

BUTTERFLY FOUNDATION - $50,000USD

THE LOVELAND FOUNDATION - $60,000USD

BLACK LIVES MATTER GLOBAL NETWORK - $10,000USD

CHANGE THE RECORD - $7,700USD

WHAT DID WE DO?

We made stock donations to charities and communities creating a positive difference to people and animals in need

WHO DID WE SUPPORT?

THOMAS HOUSE FAMILY SHELTER – an LA-based shelter supporting homeless families with children

DRESS FOR SUCCESS, BRISBANE – supporting women who are searching for employment

ANIMAL WELFARE LEAGUE – caring for surrender, neglected and abandoned pets in Australia

UNION RESCUE MISSION – an LA-based charity for those experiencing homelessness

HILLSIDES – an LA-based charity supporting children, youth and families

HOW MUCH DID WE DONATE?

36,000+ PRODUCTS

PRINCESS POLLY SOCIETY

Launching in 2021, the Princess Polly Society is our program for partnering with charities that promote mental health, body positivity and wellness for individuals and communities, that provide opportunities centred on equality, or that protect and care for local environments.

A core part of these partnerships is helping our selected charities to reach their goals through funding. That’s why we are committed to donating at least USD$500,000 every year to support communities around the world.

We truly believe in the work our first Princess Polly Society partners, Butterfly Foundation and The Loveland Foundation, are achieving and in 2020 already donated USD$50,000 to each. We will be using our platform to advocate for their work to our Polly community, and enabling you to directly support them too by making a $1 donation when you checkout.

WHAT'S COMING UP:

  • Train our full-time employees in implicit bias.
  • Launch a Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging advisory council
  • Make our sizing more inclusive by extending products through to 18-22 (14-18 US)
  • Support four charity lead projects through the Princess Polly Society
  • Assess where our products fail to meet the needs of all people and create a more inclusive assortment year on year
  • Implement a roadmap toward inclusive hiring, excellent employee experiences, employment pathways and improved representation at every level
  • Donate and help to raise $2,000,000 over the past 4 years for charities that support mind & body, equality and the environment