Sports and teamwear manufacturers Chadwick Textiles has formed a three-year partnership with youth-led sustainable development charity Raleigh International.

The new partnership, which will run from 2018 to 2020, will focus on supporting Raleigh’s natural resource management (NRM) programme in Tanzania to combat deforestation and desertification. The specific project supported is called Youth for Community Conservation (Y4CC), which aims to “empower Tanzanian youth to mobilise 300 rural community members to live in sustainable harmony with their natural environment”. To support this aim, Y4CC will plant 100,000 tree seedlings and establish a community-based NRM committee to ensure the project’s long-term sustainability.

“By planting an initial 100,000 pine seedlings and constructing one village-owned tree nursery, Y4CC will provide the rural community of Mkonge with a sustainable alternative to deforestation,” says the company. “Pine is a fast-growing species of tree which, when mature, will provide an alternative source of sustainable timber for community members to harvest for charcoal, firewood and lumber, thus reducing the pressure on local, natural forests.’”

Joel Chadwick, managing director of Chadwick Textiles, said: “Chadwick Textiles is delighted and excited in becoming a corporate partner to such an established and credible charity as Raleigh international. We feel sure that by investing in environmental projects in Tanzania in particular, it will help bring about some positive change and demonstrate to both our customers and suppliers the importance we attach to ethical practices and initiatives, whilst also seeking ways in which we can as a business indirectly offset some of our carbon footprint.”

James Sutton, head of corporate partnerships at Raleigh International, added: “It is responsible businesses like Chadwick Textiles who are leading the way in their sectors, and demonstrating that through genuine collaboration we can strive to achieve the sustainable development goals through win-win partnerships”.

The first project being funded by Chadwick Textiles began in September, when the first expedition volunteers arrived in Tanzania.