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Putting Our Values to Work: Gap Inc. Leaders Lend a Hand in Local Communities

Values, CompanyMandy Mooney, Gap Foundation Marketing ManagerComment
Gap Inc. CEO Art Peck meets with This Way Ahead interns at a New York City volunteer event.

Gap Inc. CEO Art Peck meets with This Way Ahead interns at a New York City volunteer event.

It’s not enough to say that volunteering is important; what matters is that we all show up for our communities. At Gap Inc., our leaders know that.

People from across our organization—from store employees to the CEO—are partnering with local nonprofits across the country this Fall to volunteer as part of Gap Foundation’s 40th birthday, which we’re gearing up to celebrate on September 13 of this year. As a part of those efforts, last week some of our leaders volunteered in San Francisco and New York with young people from our This Way Ahead paid store internship program.

SVP of Global Sustainability and President of Gap Foundation, David Hayer, mentors a This Way Ahead participant in San Francisco, Calif.

SVP of Global Sustainability and President of Gap Foundation, David Hayer, mentors a This Way Ahead participant in San Francisco, Calif.

In June, 1,200 teens and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 started a 10-week paid internship with Gap Inc. at select Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic stores in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

Giving back is woven into the DNA of our company, and has been since the beginning. Our co-founders Doris and Don Fisher believed that businesses and communities need to work together to thrive. We incorporate these values into every level of our organization to this day, in big and small ways.  

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee poses with SVP of Global Sustainability and Gap Foundation President David Hayer, EVP of Talent & Sustainability Brent Hyder, SVP of Loss Prevention Keith White, and graduates of the This Way Ahead Internship program at San Francisco graduation event.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee poses with SVP of Global Sustainability and Gap Foundation President David Hayer, EVP of Talent & Sustainability Brent Hyder, SVP of Loss Prevention Keith White, and graduates of the This Way Ahead Internship program at San Francisco graduation event.

We’ve committed to hiring 5% of our entry-level store employees from This Way Ahead by 2025.

It’s amazing what a difference one person can make by volunteering. Whether it’s mentoring a young person, fundraising, participating in a donation drive, or volunteering with a child’s PTA, that time contributes to a positive and significant change for our communities. And we can't wait to see what our employees will do this year.