As we move into a new year, we at In Kind Direct are committed to working with many more manufacturers and retailers to move product giving up the corporate agenda in 2019.
Founded in 1996 by HRH The Prince of Wales, In Kind Direct distributes new, usable consumer goods, donated by some of the UK’s best known manufacturers and retailers, to charities, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises working in the UK and abroad. We are a lifeline to thousands of charities helping vulnerable people across the UK, allowing them to spend more of their money on support, not supplies.
If you are a manufacturer or retailer with goods available to donate, we need your help. Thanks to In Kind Direct’s streamlined process, donor companies can reach thousands of grassroots charities and not-for-profit organisations, through a single point of contact, many more than they could hope to deal with in house.
In Kind Direct’s warehousing and logistics expertise enable us to receive very large donations, helping companies to clear valuable warehouse space and save on storage costs. On several occasions, we have taken donations comprising of over 300 pallets, which we have then distributed to our growing network of charities. So far, we have supported over 9,500 organisations across the country. In Kind Direct makes quick decisions on stock acceptance, enabling companies to efficiently plan stock management and save time.
In addition, In Kind Direct provides bespoke and detailed reports, showing companies the tangible impact of their donations, together with case studies highlighting how their products can change the lives of charities’ beneficiaries. These can be shared with staff, customers and other stakeholders. Product giving runs comfortably alongside existing charity initiatives, boosts social responsibility programmes and has a powerful effect on employee engagement.
“Product giving is a way to implement circular economy in practice, helping us deliver on our zero landfill commitment. Doing a comparison analysis we realise that delivery cost of donating our surplus products was in practice lower than if wasted through landfilling or recycling. A win-win situation for both people and the planet.” (Anna Maria Rugarli, Senior Director, Sustainability & Responsibility EMEA, VF Corporation)
Brand protection is at the core of In Kind Direct’s model. Our vetting and monitoring procedures give donor companies peace of mind over the outcome of their products. All donations are tracked, so we can ensure that your goods will only be used for charitable purposes.
To date, In Kind Direct has worked with more than 1,100 donor companies and distributed £200 million in value of goods. We receive regular donations from a variety of leading retailers and manufacturers, including Amazon, Colgate-Palmolive, Pentland Brands, P&G, Adidas, Duracell, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal, Essity, Boots, Asda, Disney and Dunelm. If you would like to add your company to this list, have a look at our website and make 2019 the year you embrace product giving.