Since its creation in 2004 Dons Solidaires has been tackling both non-food waste and social exclusion by encouraging businesses to donate their surplus stock to support charity action in France.
Over 100 companies entrust Dons Solidaires with their unsold goods which are stored and dispatched by two key logistics partners, XPO Logistics and Geodis Calberson. Products are distributed to 500 charity members all over France helping over 600,000 people from disadvantaged communities.
In 2015 Dons Solidaires has delivered an average of 500,000 euros worth of products every week. Since 2004 charities have been able to save a total of 80 million euros. Two out of three charities state that they have been able to develop new projects and help more people as a result of this partnership.
“Day after day we see the importance of our work in the smile and regained dignity that comes with every bottle of shampoo or new item of clothing given.”
95% of member charities report that distributing quality products received from Dons Solidaires has a positive impact on the self-esteem of their beneficiaries.
“Dons Solidaires is a valued partner for Corot Entraide as we are able to reduce our purchasing budget and focus resources on our core mission of providing support and advice. Day after day we see the importance of our work in the smile and regained dignity that comes with every bottle of shampoo or new item of clothing given.” Odile Hoenn, Corot Entraide.
To find out more: www.donsolidaires.fr (in French)