03 April 2017
Tempe opens Inditex’s first 'for&from' store in Madrid with 18 people in staff
The Inditex Group expands its network of 'for&from' stores with a new establishment in the SAMBIL Outlet Madrid shopping centre in Leganés. The new store is the first ‘for&from’ project in the Autonomous Community of Madrid. This landmark collaboration to improve the social and labour market integration of people with disabilities with the support of specialist social organizations now boasts 12 establishments and a staff of 144.
The new store has 18 people in staff and 500m2 of retail space dedicated to footwear and accessories produced by the Tempe Group, which supplies all the Inditex chains (Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home and Uterqüe). The store is managed by the Fundación Prodis, a foundation which specialises in the Iabour market integration of people with disabilities.
The initiative began in 2002 with a small Massimo Dutti store in Palafolls, Barcelona. Current participants in the for&from project include Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Pull&Bear and the Tempe Group. All of these stores are managed by social organizations specializing in the integration of people with disabilities, such as The Galician Confederation of People with Disabilities (Confederación Galega de Persoas con Discapacidades, COGAMI), Fundació El Molí d' En Puigvert, Moltacte, the Alicante Association for People with Mental Disabilities (Asociación pro discapacitados psíquicos de Alicante, APSA), and Fundación Prodis.
The business model involves the supply of clothing, footwear and accessories from previous seasons to these organizations, who then sell the garments at reduced prices. Following an initial donation from Inditex to fund the store’s construction, the model then becomes self-sustaining, the sale of the products providing consistent profits for the social organizations. The store, managed by people with various types of disability, turns a retail space into a landmark for inclusion, accessibility and the elimination of barriers.
With headquarters in Madrid, the Fundación Prodis is dedicated to providing training and support for more than 400 people with disabilities and their families. This is provided by over 100 professionals who work on a range of projects to improve the quality of life of the people they help and ensure their active participation in society.