At Founder Sport Group, we believe in the power of team sports. We believe in the lessons sports teach—how championships are won on the practice field, how to win with grace and learn from setbacks, and how working together, focused on the same goals, we can achieve the extraordinary—on the field and off. From supporting youth sports, to responsibly sourcing our products, to aiding First Responders during a global pandemic, we strive to make a positive difference in both our local communities and our global operations.
In March 2020, COVID-19 hit our country, our industry, and our company HARD. But at Founder Sport Group, we know how to take a hit and get back up. Almost immediately, our associates around the globe pivoted to help slow the spread of the virus. The original PERFORMANCE ACTIVITY MASK launched on March 25, with proceeds going the the All Clear Foundation to support First Responders. Through July, sales of this style continued to support the life expectancy and well-being of the men and women on the front line of the pandemic.
"We partnered with the All Clear Foundation because we were inspired to help during this time of need," said Founder Group Group CEO John Anton, "The response from our customers and consumers has been simply incredible as evidenced by the record amount of money we have been able to donate to this great cause."
"First Responders have been on the front-lines of the pandemic for more than five months," said Janell Farr, All Clear Foundation president. "With the donation by Founder Sport, we have increased efforts for vital resources, supporting responders who are sacrificing even more than usual in service to their communities."
Visit All Clear Foundation to learn more and donate to the cause
Pictured, attendees of the Red Rocks Amphitheater Drive-In movie on Aug 27, 2020
-Photo Credit: Brian Kelley
For us, corporate social responsibility extends beyond our philanthropic initiatives. Our focus on innovation supports our Lifetime Performance Guarantee™ and our commitment to ensuring that our performance gear is built to last. By making products that perform and last longer, we strive to minimize waste and lighten our environmental footprint. Social responsibility also includes protecting our consumers and the environment, which is why we’ve made a long-standing commitment to keep harmful chemicals out of our products. We prefer, and encourage, our suppliers to obtain independent certifications such as Oeko-Tex® or bluesign®.
At Founder Sport Group, we're committed to embedding corporate social responsibility into our business operations. Here’s more of what we’re doing to achieve positive impacts for people and the environment throughout our supply chain:
Workplace safety is a right and a responsibility. This is made clear in our Founder Sport Group Workplace Safety policy, through which employees are aware of their right to a safe workplace and understand their involvement in keeping the workplace safe. Our safety culture is a team effort where all employees have a shared responsibility for a safe and healthy working environment, which includes identifying hazards and unsafe work practices and evaluating our efforts to achieve an injury and accident-free workplace. We strive to maintain occupational safety and health standards that equal or exceed best practices in the industry and extend our safety culture throughout our supply chain.
Responsible manufacturing and sourcing is built on a foundation of respect for the people who make our products. At Founder Sport Group, we’re focused on implementing a best-in-class Social Compliance program guided by internationally recognized labor and human rights standards as well as industry best practices. The cornerstone for our Social Compliance program is our Founder Sport Group Code of Conduct, which we manage through internal and supplier education, risk assessments (including unannounced factory inspections), strong partnerships with our suppliers, collaboration, and promoting best practices in our supply chain.