Australia-based social enterprise Thankyou, which was created to close the gap between the 736 million people* living in extreme poverty around the world and the $63 trillion spent on consumer products each year, recently announced an invitation to P&G and Unilever – two of the world’s largest and most influential consumer goods companies – to make and distribute Thankyou products globally to help end extreme poverty.
Thankyou offers consumer products – personal care and baby product ranges – for the sole purpose of funding life-changing projects.
According to The Gates Foundation’s recent report: “The number of people living in extreme poverty had been dropping for two decades, but the coronavirus crisis has pushed nearly 37 million more into the category: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/09/pandemic-global-development-sustainable-goals-bill-gates. “Two million women lost their jobs between February to April this year due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Most of them were poor black women”, Prof Casale recently stated on Cape Talk: http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/390054/why-women-have-borne-the-brunt-of-covid-19-job-losses
“With $63 trillion spent on consumer goods each year while 736 million people are stuck in extreme poverty, we believe that business as usual is broken,” said Daniel Flynn, who founded Thankyou in 2008 along with Justine Flynn and Jarryd Burns. “But we also believe that we, together with people and a partnership with one of the two biggest companies in the world, can change this by funneling the dollars spent on consumer goods into helping end extreme poverty.”
Mad plans for a mad 2020: ending extreme global poverty
Currently, Thankyou only sells its products in two of the world’s smallest countries – Australia and New Zealand – but with COVID-19 increasing both global poverty numbers and demand for personal care products such as hand sanitiser, the company feels that now is the time to expand, and quickly. If either P&G or Unilever choose to accept Thankyou’s invitation, together they could change the course of history and route millions of consumer dollars to ending extreme poverty.
To convince these companies to take this bold move, Thankyou is asking people around the world to get involved and show the collective power of the many who believe in this change, through its campaign aptly named “No Small Plan.”
Thankyou’s launch campaign is titled “No Small Plan” because changing the course of history by redirecting millions of consumer dollars to go toward ending extreme poverty in this lifetime is, indeed, no small plan.
Thankyou has set virtual meetings with both P&G and Unilever to take place at the end of the campaign. On November 5, Thankyou will announce globally which partner is “in” on one of the largest digital billboards in the world, in New York City’s Times Square.
Thankyou founder Daniel Flynn
Thankyou co-founder Justine Flynn
For P&G and Unilever to say “I’m in” and work with Thankyou to flip the system, they need to see the collective impact of voices around the world rallying around one movement in the name of ending extreme poverty. To join Thankyou and show support, people can utilize their social media channels and follow these steps:
● Post a photo or share the campaign social title with the caption, “I’m in, are you?”
● Tag @proctergamble and @unilever
● Hashtag #thankyoutotheworld
● Share Thankyou’s video to help this spread even further
Watch the YouTube video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ4F46m1_Y4&feature=youtu.be
For more information on Thankyou visit: https://thankyou.co/