Corporate Social Responsibility
Memberships & Associations
To support our mission and become more responsible throughout our community and our business, Kenneth Cole Productions is a proud member of the following organizations:
Accessories Council – A nonprofit, international trade organization established in 1994 to stimulate consumer awareness and demand for fashion accessory products. The Accessories Council sponsors educational seminars, networking events, seasonal trend reports, marketing & advertising co-op initiatives, and design & marketing awards in the accessories industry.
American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) – A national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers, which compete in the global market.
AAFA Environmental Committee – A committee that provides all AAFA members a forum to discuss proper environmental stewardship and sustainability best practices for the industry. As a member, we meet regularly to discuss these issues, share best practices and respond to specific issues.
AAFA Social Responsibility Committee – A committee that provides all AAFA members a forum to identify and discuss global social responsibility issues and trends that affect the U.S. apparel and footwear industry. As a member, we meet regularly to discuss these issues, share best practices and respond to specific issues.
Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) – A global nonprofit organization working to build a just and sustainable world. As a member of BSR, Kenneth Cole has access to a powerful global network of member companies, thought leaders, peers, and stakeholders who are focused on creating viable sustainability solutions.
Corporate Volunteers of New York – A coalition of over fifty major corporations that recognize the critical importance of volunteerism and corporate social responsibility in the communities in which we all work and live. CVNY provides leadership and support to our members to meet the changing needs of the New York City community.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) – A nonprofit trade association, founded in 1962, with membership from 500 womenswear, menswear, jewelry and accessory designers. In March of 2017, Kenneth Cole was awarded the first ever CFDA, Swarovski Award for Positive Change. The award recognized him as an individual in the fashion industry who has made a positive impact and improved the welfare of others.
Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America – The oldest and largest footwear trade association in the U.S., representing the full breadth of the footwear industry, from research, design and development, to manufacturing and distribution, to retailers selling to consumers all over the globe.
Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index – America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality. Kenneth Cole Productions is a proud to have scored a 90 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2017 Corporate Equality Index – a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
Two Ten Foundation – A philanthropic industry organization that provides emergency financial assistance, natural disaster recovery, counseling services, and educational scholarships to our associates.
The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) – The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. One of NAMI's first StigmaFree Companies, Kenneth Cole Productions is taking a stand to help end stigma and misconceptions about mental illness while promoting action and support for everyone affected by mental health conditions.