On June 2nd, Gucci and UNICEF’s partnership turned 10. In celebration, Gucci released a short film, Growing Tall, which shows how education can change lives, especially for girls and women. Growing Tall focuses on the different experiences of residents in a rural community in Mozambique. In the video, teachers, children and parents talk about the progress education made in the past decade.
“Gucci is proud to celebrate a decade of partnership with UNICEF with US$20 million donated, benefiting more than 7.5 million children to date,” said Gucci President and CEO Marco Bizzarri. “We are especially grateful to all our clients and employees, who have played a fundamental role in the success of the partnership and helped to make it the most extensive philanthropic initiative in our company’s history. We look forward to continuing our commitment to UNICEF through the CHIME FOR CHANGE global girls’ and women’s empowerment campaign that Gucci founded in 2013.”
During the past 10 years, Gucci worked with UNICEF and focused on schools in Africa. Their main aim is to raise the quality of education for girls, orphaned children and everyone living in poverty. Gucci supported UNICEF’s goals to increase elementary school enrollment and change the education policy by working with governments in several countries in Africa including Mozambique. This Gucci-UNICEF partnership was responsible for constructing about 300 school classrooms, training more than 8,700 teachers, and supplying over 14,000 school desks.
For the years to come, Gucci will continue working with UNICEF in the “CHIME for the Children of Syria”campaign. The aim of this campaign, which Salma Hayek Pinault is the co-founder of, is to help UNICEF provide families affected by the turmoil in Syria.