Our Social Enterprise of the Week:
Stand4 Socks link everyday products, such as socks, with social causes. They create quality, ethical socks that support some of the world’s most important causes, and for every pair of socks sold, they donate a pair to homeless people.
Their Vision / Mission:
The idea of Stand4 Socks started with the simple statement “What if socks could change the world?” Said casually by founder Josh Turner this sparked the concept of creating a business that used something as simple as socks to make a positive impact, and Stand4 Socks was born. Since the social enterprise was established in 2015 they have come a long way and now work with multiple causes in multiple countries, using their ethically made socks to create positive change. They tackle important issues such as child poverty, gender equality and environmental sustainability. By buying a pair of Stand4 Socks socks you could be helping plant 20 trees, vaccinate 6 children or educate a child for a month.
The founder of Stand4 Socks realised that socks were the most requested item by homeless shelters as they are rarely donated, so he set out to solve this problem. The social enterprise created an innovative buy one, give one model where for every pair of socks bought they donate a pair to homeless people. As homeless people tend to walk more than the average person and often don’t have fresh pairs of socks, they can end up with serious foot health issues. Stand4 Socks have developed specially designed socks for the people they support, which are more durable, versatile and antibacterial. So far they have donated over 75,000 pairs of socks to people in need and are continuing to help more and more people.
Why We Chose Them:
As well as supporting some great causes, it’s fantastic to see that Stand4 Socks are also hugely environmentally conscious. All their socks are produced in ethical work conditions, using sustainably sourced yarns. Even the packaging their socks are shipped in is 100% home compostable. This means that by supporting Stand4 Socks you’ll be making a massive difference to the environment, important issues and people’s lives.
The Work They Do:
How They Align With Our Values:
Stand4 Socks are helping some of the most marginalised people in society by making sure they have access to clean, comfortable socks. Helping people who are struggling is something we try to do here at Ground Up Digital. Our social mission is to employ people who may have been overlooked due to neurodiversity or past mistakes, giving them a fulfilling job with support and training. Like Stand4 Socks we also try to be as environmentally friendly as possible and are part of Oblong Trees’ quest to become more carbon positive by planting trees to offset our carbon footprint.
You can read more about our values here: https://groundup.digital/our-values/
How You Can Support Them:
By buying a pair of socks from Stand4 Socks you will be automatically donating a pair to people in need as well as helping tackle social issues such as environmental sustainability and child poverty.