Emanuel Chirico

PVH Corp. said Tuesday it will be earmarking $1 million of its 2014 commitment to Save the Children to support programs in sub-Saharan Africa over the next three years.

The investment comes as part of PVH’s recent business focus on the sub-Saharan Africa region, including a woven-shirt factory under construction in Ethiopia’s Hawassa Industrial Park to be operated as part of a joint venture, sourcing in Kenya and branded product sales through various partners in the region.

PVH’s funding will support programs on Youth Employment Training and Early Childhood Care and Development. Save the Children is supporting the national efforts to increase youth employment, entrepreneurship and skills development by implementing education and livelihood programs focusing on vulnerable young people. The organization is targeting disadvantaged children and youth aged 15 to 24. Save the Children’s ECCD programs strengthen and sustain early learning and school readiness for children aged 4 to 6.

“Our philanthropic mission is to support the needs of women and children around the world. We are working to drive positive impacts through our efforts to create a ‘best-in-class’ apparel manufacturing industry in Ethiopia, improve access to high-quality early childhood education and provide essential employment training,” said PVH chairman and chief executive officer Emanuel Chirico. “Today’s children will be our future ceo’s, employees and customers, and this investment allows us to better support Save the Children’s efforts to create lasting changes in the lives of children in need.”

Carolyn Miles, president and ceo of Save the Children, said, “PVH has been a committed partner to Save the Children for more than a decade. We are so grateful for their support of children from preschoolers to young adults.”

In December 2014, PVH announced a worldwide partnership with Save the Children supporting its programming with a multimillion-dollar commitment over five years from the PVH Foundation. PVH associates around the word support the organization through a global Sponsor-A-Child program, associate volunteer site visits and other initiatives.