Social sustainability

TEXAID was founded in 1978 as a Charity Private Partnership between six Swiss aid organisations (Swiss Red Cross, Caritas Switzerland, Winterhilfe Switzerland, Solidar Suisse, Kolping Switzerland and HEKS), together with an entrepreneur and know-how provider. TEXAID has been affirming its ecological and social responsibilities for over 40 years.

We meet our great social responsibility via the following measures in particular:

  • Creating fair and progressive working conditions for over 1,200 employees in eight countries.
  • Ensuring a free disposal service for the public and municipalities.
  • Offering used clothes for sale in numerous countries. Used textiles create valuable jobs in the recipient countries, for example in alterations and trading.
  • Paying annual remuneration to the associated aid organisations. These funds are then put towards social projects in Switzerland and abroad.


The following charity projects could be co-financed by the remuneration from TEXAID: