International Women’s Day, a day for celebrating the achievements of women around the world as well as recognising what more needs to be done to bring about gender equality in all its forms, takes place on 8 March.
You might choose to mark the day by joining in with the official hashtag for this year’s theme #BreakTheBias, to promote a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. Or maybe you plan on donating money to a women’s charity (Plan International, Women For Women International, Care International, Smart Works and Bloody Good Period are all great, but there are so many more so it’s worth doing some research to find one doing work close to your heart).
If you’re looking to make a purchase with intention, the below brands are all donating a percentage of profits to a women’s charity for International Women’s Day 2022 – some really great ones even make those donations all year round.
From T-shirts to jewellery, skincare and more, keep scrolling for our pick of the brands going beyond a slogan, taking a stand against gender inequality and putting their money where their mouths are this International Women’s Day 2022.
International Women’s Day: brands donating to the cause
This twin necklace can be shared between two women in celebration of their meaningful relationship, whatever form it takes. It’s available to buy from 7-9 March, and Monica Vinader will donate all proceeds made from the Togetherness necklace to Women for Women International, which supports women survivors of war and conflict. The brand has been working with the charity since 2015, with Monica Vinader appointed as an ambassador in 2017.
Whistles is partnering with The Prince’s Trust to support the #ChangeAGirlsLife campaign, in which the brand will donate £1 from each global sale on 8 March. The funds raised will go towards supporting vulnerable young women in the UK who face enormous challenges, such as long-term unemployment and domestic violence.
Jo Malone London
Jo Malone London has launched a limited-edition Peony & Blush Suede Cologne with a bespoke illustrated design on the bottle. £20 from the sale of each bottle throughout March and April will be donated to Phoenix Futures – a charity providing specialist services for people across the UK, and helping women to manage their mental health needs, promote confidence and rebuild self-esteem.
For International Women’s Day 2022, hush has partnered with global female charity Women for Women. The brand has created the ‘Together’ t-shirt which will be available to buy from 8 March. All proceeds from each sale will be donated to Women for Women International.
The White Company
From 2–8 March, The White Company will donate £5 from every candle sold over the value of £20 to the #ChangeAGirlsLife Campaign by The Prince’s Trust.
For the third year running, Orelia is going to donate one item to Smart Works for every item sold between 7-13 March. The jewellery brand is helping Smart Works to ensure that women have access to a wardrobe that instils confidence when seeking employment.
Sweaty Betty’s International Women’s Day initiative is simple: buy a bra, donate a bra. For every bra purchased from 3-9 March, The Sweaty Betty Foundation will donate its stamina bra to a young girl in need. According to a study by Portsmouth University, breast concerns are the main reason 73 per cent of 11-18-year-old girls drop out of sports and exercise at school, particularly because of the dreaded – and often painful – ‘breast bounce’. Sweaty Betty is determined to change that by providing bras to as many young girls as possible.
Elizabeth Arden is also supporting the #ChangeAGirlsLife Campaign, aiming to drive action and raise vital funds to change the lives of young women who are struggling. For the whole month of March, Elizabeth Arden will donate £5 from every Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant sold on ElizabethArden.co.uk to the charity.
George at Asda
George is offering 20 per cent off across womenswear, including clothing, nightwear, lingerie, socks and slippers from 7-14 March online and until 13 March in-store.
Olivia & Pearl
Olivia & Pearl is a sustainable, female-founded brand offering 10 per cent of its sales to the Young Women’s Trust from 7-13 March.
Sustainably conscious womenswear brand Baukjen has also partnered with The Prince’s Trust to announce the launch of their Joanne Top. The blouse is launching as part of the Baukjen SS22 collection, where £10 from sales of each Joanne Top will be donated to the #ChangeAGirlsLife campaign throughout the month of March.
On the 3 March, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is launching its ninth consecutive year of The Pretty Powerful Campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day in support of Smart Works Charity. This year, the brand is launching a limited-edition share of its best-selling Pot Rouge, with 100 per cent of the proceeds in the UK donated directly to Smart Works.
Phase Eight have partnered with Wellbeing of Women, a women’s health charity who save and change the lives of women, girls and babies through research, education and advocacy. 10 per cent of all sales made on 8 March will be donated to the charity.
London based stationery designer Katie Leamon will be offering 100 per cent of the sales (in March) of the above notepad to Equality Now, a charity supporting global equal rights for women.
All profits made from the limited edition Shay x MATCHESFASHION exclusive capsule will be donated to Every Mother Counts – a charity which works to ensure that women everywhere have access to quality, respectful, and equitable maternity care.
This UK-based female-owned and minority-owned business creates sustainable period underwear and donates to charities all year long, such as Women’s Independent Domestic Abuse Services and Freedom 4 Girls. For International Women’s Day, the brand is giving 20 per cent off period underwear from 8-11 March and 5 per cent of sales will go to the Prince’s Trust Change A Girl’s Life campaign.
The Helping Hands pendant from Annoushka is a symbol of peace, alliance, and friendship. The reverse has been engraved with its message, framing a small heart in the centre as an emblem of love and kindness. £150 from each sale of this pendant will be donated to the Women Supporting Women programs, run by The Prince’s Trust.
From 1 March, NEOM Organics will also be raising money to support The Prince’s Trust. Over the campaign, the brand will be donate £5 for every Ultimate Sleep Kit that is sold to the charity, ‘to gift a great night’s sleep and change a girl’s life’.
British fragrance house Miller Harris is partnering with Dress for Success Greater London to support its mission of helping women to achieve their goals, both in work and in life. For every bottle of fragrance sold through the Miller Harris website in the UK from 7-13 March, the brand will donate an equivalent size perfume to Dress For Success. Plus, during this week, 15 per cent of net UK online sales will also be donated to the charity and Miller Harris will continue the partnership throughout the year.
The next series of NET-A-PORTER’s Incredible Women podcast launches on IWD. This season, it will feature guests including singer Arlo Parks, actor and activist Laverne Cox and designer Supriya Lele. For every listen to the first episode of the podcast series, from 8-14 March, NET-A-PORTER will donate £1 to charity partner Catalyst – an organisation which works with over 800 companies around the world to build workplaces for women and help advance them in their careers. Listen here.
Tatty Devine has launched a partnership with organisation Equality Now, where a donation is made from every jewellery sale. 100 per cent of T-shirt sale profits also go directly to the charity.
Celeste Starre has designed two pieces to celebrate International Women’s Day and picked two charities – Girls Out Loud and Bloody Good Period – to donate £25 of every sale from the ‘I Am Woman’ collection to. Celeste Starre said: ‘Period poverty is something that could easily affect us at some point in our lives, so we feel the work that they [the charities] do is highly important to help fight against this and provide period products to those who menstruate.’
Carvela are launching the ‘Fearless Bag’ in store and online on 1 March to also support The Prince’s Trust #ChangeAGirlsLife campaign. For the duration of March, 100 per cent of the profits will be donated to the charity.
The Hoop Station
For International Women’s Day this year, The Hoop Station are donating 50 per cent of sales of the above hoops in gold and rose gold to Maggie’s charity, for the Champion of Women awards. The brand is female-founded, sustainably-sourced and stocked at John Lewis and Wolf & Badger, too.
For International Women’s Day this year, lingerie and swimwear brand Pour Moi has announced the launch of their new initiative, The Pour Moi Uplifting Women Awards. Launching today, the awards will celebrate women across the UK from five categories: Charity Champion, Activist Achiever, Extraordinary Entrepreneur, Innovator In Business and the Pour Moi Loves Award.
Nominations are now open to the public and the brand has selected a panel of VIPs to help judge the awards, including former Dragon’s Den businesswoman Sarah Willingham, cancer survivor and campaigner Demi Jones and KISS FM DJ Tinea Taylor. The winner of each category will receive a £5,000 cash prize as well as £2,000 worth of Pour Moi retail vouchers.
Sandra will be donating 30 per cent of all sales from her website to Project Mama on 8 March, which is a charity she first started supporting when she was six months pregnant with her daughter. Project Mama is a charity that offers free, confidential support to displaced people throughout pregnancy.
Rockett St George
In celebration of The Prince’s Trust’s #ChangeAGirlsLife campaign, Rockett St George launched a creative competition for young female artists from the UK to create a piece of artwork that captures the spirit of what women supporting women means to them. The winner’s artwork has been created into professional art prints that will be available to buy on Rockett St George and in Liberty London. 25 per cent from every sale of the winning designs will be donated to The Prince’s Trust.
Each print can be found here: Liberation By Sylvia Tirado, Trust By Meig Sutherland, We Rise By Sophie Chittock, Challenge The Conventions By Natasha Muluswela, Collective Joy By Lucy J Turner, Just A Part Of Me By Leyla Sitki.
Throughout March, East-London based fine jeweller Rachel Boston will be donating 20 per cent of sales of her new 18ct Gold & Diamond Chunky Knife Edge Necklace and matching Bracelet to Women for Refugee Women. The female-led charity helps to empower and give a voice to refugee and asylum-seeking women in the UK.
In the week leading up to International Women’s Day, Shyla will donating 25 per cent of all sales from her website to Commit2Change. The charity is committed to working with vulnerable, school-aged girls in India and South East Asia to empower them with education and life skills.
Neal’s Yard Remedies
£1 for every Wild Rose Beauty Balm that’s sold throughout March will be donated to Women for Women International. Neal’s Yard Remedies have pledged to support the charity’s #PowerToChange movement helping over half a million women in countries affected by conflict to harness their power and drive meaningful change in their communities.
Between the 4th and 12th March, British fine jeweller and goldsmith Cece Fein Hughes is donating 30 per cent of all sales of her hand-enamelled signet rings and pendants to UNICEF, as they endeavour to support families affected by the conflict in Ukraine and bring basic services to those who are most in need.
Skomer Studio supports The Maya Centre with every purchase made from its website, with another half going to the Marine Conservation Society, all year round. However, the brand is also taking part in The Maya Centre’s major match funding campaign for International Women’s Week in March, which means any donations they make from sales between 8-15 March will be doubled. The Maya Centre is a community-based charity in North London that provides free counselling services for women who have experienced mental health issues.
Elemental Herbology has teamed up with The Prince’s Trust to create an Elemental Experience set. The brand will donate £1 for each product sold between 7-14 March to The Prince’s Trust in support of their #ChangeAGirlsLife campaign. The Elemental Experience includes a Rejuvenate Bath & Body Oil, Zest Bath & Body Oil, Harmony Bath & Body Oil, Detox Bath & Body Oil, and Soothe Bath & Body Oil.
Minka Jewels is donating 15 per cent of all sales between the 1st and 12th March to Women for Women UK. The charity has helped over 500,000 women survivors of war to rebuild their lives and work towards a better future for.
MATILDE Jewellery is donating 10 per cent of all sales of the above ring to Plan International – a charity that advocates for equal opportunities for girls around the world. The ring is made from 100 per cent recycled 14k gold and lab-grown diamonds.
SANTE + WADE
Premium footwear brand SANTE + WADE will be donating 25 per cent of all sale proceeds from their hero style, the Coco boot, to SOLACE Women’s Aid – the leading charity working on Violence against Women & Girls in London. SOLACE Women’s Aid provides services such as advice and support, accommodation, therapeutic services.
Freya Rose is also working in collaboration with The Prince’s Trust. With every purchase of the new Woven Mini Hoops, the brand will donate £10.00 to the #ChangeAGirlsLife initiative and £5 thereafter.
Moo & Yoo
Mum and daughter duo Suzie and Olivia, the founders of 100 per cent vegan brand Moo & Yoo, are donating £5 from every order on 8 March to their local women’s refuge – Edinburgh Women’s Aid – who run services for women and children suffering domestic abuse.
V by Laura Vann
Award-winning jewellery brand V by Laura Vann is teaming up with The Fawcett Society, ‘the UK’s leading charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights’, for the second year running. The brand will donate 5 per cent of its ‘Treasure Trove’ to the charity, which is an Instagram event held every Tuesday. During the event, the brand sells one-off pieces of vintage jewellery.
London-based delicate jewellery brand Estella Bartlett is partnering with the Young Women’s Trust for 2022. This partnership will support young women across the UK through helping them gain skills and opportunities in the workplace. With each purchase of the Unlock Your Dreams pendant, 100 per cent of the profits will go to the charity throughout March.
This International Women’s Day, Shoeaholics will continue to help shine a spotlight on unemployed women through its charitable arm ‘Shoe Good’ and partnership with Smart Works. To date, Shoeaholics have already donated over 2,000 shoes and bags to Smart Works clients.
Pretty Little Thing
PrettyLittleThing have launched the #MyDressDoesntMeanYes anti-rape campaign in partnership with charities across the globe. Shoppers can support the initiative by buying a slogan tote bag and a selected range of dresses. 100 per cent of profits go to global charities providing support to victims of rape and sexual abuse, including The Survivors Trust, Its On Us, End Rape On Campus and En Avant Toutes.
SEP Jordan isn’t donating to charity, but rather the very ethos of the brand is to make lives better for women. Most of the SEP Artists who create the products are female refugees who live in Jordan’s Jerash Gaza refugee camp and work alongside a group of Syrian refugees. They hand-embroider a range of accessories with geometric patterns, are trained and paid weekly for each creation they produce, which means they can earn a living and provide for their families and community.
Refugee charity the Lotus Flower has partnered with renowned artist the Darling Beast to create an empowering digital print for International Women’s Day. The exclusive artwork is available for digital download and each donation will fund three months of literacy classes for a female conflict survivor. The course provides them with a literacy trainer along with stationery, curriculum books and refreshments, as well as offering women and girls a safe and supportive environment for learning.
The Big Give’s Women and Girl’s Match Fund Campaign
Although not a brand or product, this campaign supports 119 charities in improving the lives of vulnerable, disadvantaged, or underrepresented women and girls. Over the course of the week from 8–15 March, all public donations made to the participating charities (such as Bloody Good Period, The Haven and The Menopause Charity) via theBigGive.org.uk will be matched.