Social sustainability

TEXAID was founded in 1978 as a charity private partnership between the six Swiss aid organizations Swiss Red Cross, Caritas Switzerland, Winterhilfe Switzerland, Solidar Suisse, Kolping Switzerland and HEKS, together with an entrepreneur and know-how provider. TEXAID has been taking its ecological and social responsibilities seriously for 40 years.

In particular, we fulfill a great social responsibility via the following measures:

  • Creating fair and advanced working conditions for over 1000 employees in six countries.
  • Ensuring a free disposal service for the public and communities.
  • The sale of used clothes in numerous countries. Used textiles create valuable jobs in these recipient countries, for example in alterations and in trading.
  • Annual payments running into the millions to the associated aid organizations, Samaritans’ associations and Kolping families, as well as many regional non-profit organizations. Money that is used for social projects at home and abroad.


The following charitable projects can be co-financed, thanks to the payments from TEXAID: