Beauty retailer SEPHORA is expanding its social impact initiative, SEPHORA STANDS, in 2017 after surpassing key objectives in its first year. The initiative has three core programs designed to address the needs of female entrepreneurs in the beauty community (Sephora Accelerate), women transitioning to the workforce in local communities (Classes for Confidence), and employees (Sephora Stands Together).
In 2016, its inaugural year, SEPHORA STANDS:
- Provided over 300 hours of mentorship and helped its first cohort of female founders gain traction with their businesses through Sephora Accelerate (including four that secured retail partnerships)
- Executed over 200 Classes for Confidence reaching nearly 2,000 individuals
- Inspired over 4,000 SEPHORA employees to connect with their local communities
Corrie Conrad, Sephora’s Head of Social Impact said,
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We’re incredibly proud of what SEPHORA STANDS has accomplished in its first year – it’s inspiring and motivating. The new components of the program in 2017 are a direct result of the feedback we received from our Sephora Accelerate Fellows, our employees, and our partners and participants in Classes for Confidence. Together, we plan to make 2017 our strongest year yet.