Fast Retailing to donate funds, winter clothing for Syrian refugees

Fast Retailing Co., the operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, said Friday it will donate $1 million to provide assistance to refugees in the Syrian conflict as well as warm clothing mainly for children ahead of winter.

Fast Retailing said the monetary donation through the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees will be used to provide shelter, water, food and sanitation as well as health care to the refugees.

A total of 100,000 items of the company's thermal Heattech innerwear and Ultra Light Down jackets will be donated to young refugees aged between 3 and 18, the retailer said. The donated clothing, worth around $1 million, will be disbursed through the U.N. Children's Fund.

Fast Retailing said it will also place priority on Syrian refugees in donating children's clothing obtained through the company's All Product Recycling Initiative, which collects used clothing and donates it to people in need.

The retailer said over 2 million Syrian refugees, more than half of whom are believed to be aged 17 or younger, are believed to have fled to surrounding nations such as Jordan.