WESTCHESTER, IL, Dec 18, 2014 – Follett has closely partnered with socially conscious apparel manufacturer Alta Gracia since the brand's inception to maximize orders and presence in Follett campus stores nationwide. Just in time for the holiday season, Follett is significantly extending this partnership to deliver a deeper assortment of fair trade apparel as well as drive forward Alta Gracia's mission.
Based in the Dominican Republic, the Alta Gracia brand is known for its fair labor practices, safe working conditions and specifically the implementation of living wage. This guarantees the consumer that proceeds from their purchase go directly to the people making the clothing – providing hope and a pathway out of poverty. Despite growing popularity amongst students, Alta Gracia has struggled with acquiring the order volume required to maintain a sustainable operation during the winter months. This is now changing as a result of a new multi-million dollar deal with Follett. Follett put in an 800+ store order for merchandise that is currently arriving on campuses across the country. With this deal, the Alta Garcia factory is running during the notoriously slow time of year, resulting in a first ever break-even year which further proves the viability of the Alta Gracia business model. The impact of this deal represents benefits for Follett, campus store customers and Alta Gracia employees. "Our partnership with Alta Gracia not only ensures we meet the diverse needs of the campus communities we serve, it also empowers Follett and our customers to help change lives," said Donald J. Germano, President at Follett Higher Education Group. "We're going to have a positive, multi-generational impact on the Alta Gracia brand, its employees and their community - and that's something that all Follett associates and campus store customers can take pride in." To view Follett's latest Alta Gracia offerings, visit www.eFollett.com. For more information on Follett's corporate social responsibility efforts, visit the company's Community Commitment page. Photo caption: Alta Gracia was selected to produce University of Notre Dame's The Shirt 2014. Purchasing The Shirt benefits global and local communities as a portion of the proceeds goes to The Shirt charity.
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For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Every day, Follett serves over half of the students in the United States, and works with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. Follett is higher education's largest campus retailer and a hub for school spirit and community, operating 940 local campus stores and 1,300 virtual stores across the continent. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.6 billion privately held company.