The Mission of Kiehl's states that we are "to improve in some way the quality of the community... making for better citizens, better firms, and better communities." To that end, we focus our efforts first and foremost on the betterment of our local communities by targeting our philanthropic endeavors on the needs and concerns of their citizens.
We believe in active generosity, and through Kiehl's Gives, our company-wide philanthropic commitment, we've supported 137 charitable organizations through 213 local initiatives since 2015, with a special focus on environment and positive social change.
Kiehl's has long held an impassioned commitment to respecting and raising awareness for our oceans, parks and outdoor spaces—from a recycling program that dates back to the 1970s to ongoing conservation and fundraising initiatives in service of local communities. Learn more about our sustainability effort Future Made Better.
Kiehl’s proudly supports Tree Canada, the leading national tree planting charity nationwide. Their mission is to bolster Canada’s urban forests and inspire to participate in, and advocate for, community greening. Since 2018 across various initiatives, we’re proud to have planted 4,825 trees across the country with Tree Canada. We intend to keep planting trees in partnership with Tree Canada this year and beyond, too!
We proudly include every member of the family in our formulation offerings: moms, dads, babies and even dogs. We celebrate families who live and work in our local communities, and to this day you can find their photographs on our Baby Wall—some dating back 40 years!
Our family values are the foundation for our commitment to supporting children's charities. Our vision is to create safer, more sustainable environments for children through community relations and fundraising efforts.
THE FOUNDATION OF STARS
Kiehl’s proudly support the Foundation of Stars. During the holidays, we invite customers across Canada to give a gift that gives back. A portion of the proceeds from a limited-edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve is donated towards research on paediatric heart disease nationwide, to help our children grow up healthy. Since 2019, we’re proud to have donated $25,000 to support the advancement of this research in Canada with The Foundation of Stars.
At Kiehl’s, we stand for Healthy Skin for All. We encourage inclusivity and celebrate diversity amongst our customers, community and employees. We believe in embracing who we are as individuals — regardless of gender, race, religion, or who we choose to love.
A History of Pride
For the last 18b years, Kiehl's has honored the vibrancy, diversity and artistry of the LGBTQ+ community, culminating in a joyful celebration during the Pride Parade. Kiehl's is proud to support and sponsor various Pride marches in NYC, Los Angeles and other top cities.
A LOOK AT SOME OF OUR PAST CANADIAN INITIATIVES
THE MCMORRIS FOUNDATION
In support of creating a more affordable, accessible, and inclusive sport culture in Canada so all children can experience the joy and power of organized sport.
KIEHL’S X THE CANADIAN
To conserve wildlife and protect endangered animals in Canada, namely the Sea Otter.
KIEHL’S X THE TEGAN
AND SARA FOUNDATION
In support of a national program designed to help 2SLGBTQ+ girls and women live an empowered life and have equal opportunity.
KIEHL’S PAST GLOBAL INITIATIVES
Kiehl’s x John Legend
to benefit global environmental charities
The proceeds of a co-created jar of our best-selling Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask with grammy-winning artist John Legend was donated to environmental organizations worldwide.
Kiehl’s x Matthew McConaughey
to benefit Autism Speaks
In partnership with actor Matthew McConaughey to benefit Autism Speaks, Kiehl’s released a limited-edition Ultra Facial Cream. Kiehl’s donated $200,000 to support efforts to children and families affected by autism.
Kiehl’s x Alicia Keys
to benefit Keep a Child Alive
In 2014, Kiehl’s partnered with grammy award-winning artist Alicia Keys and Keep a Child Alive to bring dignified treatment, care, and support to children and families affected by HIV. The sales of a limited-edition Midnight Recovery Concentrate led to $200,000 being donated.
With deep roots in the East Village, Kiehl's has been a long-time advocate in the fight to end HIV/AIDS, a disease that devastated this community in the 1980s and 1990s.
By raising awareness and funds, we aim to make a significant impact on the number of HIV/AIDS cases contracted throughout the world.
Kiehl's x Alicia Keys
In 2014, Kiehl's partnered with Grammy Award-winning artist and philanthropist Alicia Keys and Keep a Child Alive to bring dignified treatment, care and support to children and families affected by HIV. Kiehl's sold a Limited Edition Midnight Recovery Concentrate, ultimately donating $200,000 to the organization.
Kiehl's x John Legend
Friend of Kiehl's John Legend helped create a Limited Edition Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask. The jar was designed by John with his signature, and proceeds benefitted environmental charities across the globe.
Kiehl's x Matthew McConaughey
In partnership with actor Matthew McConaughey to benefit Autism Speaks, a global leader in autism advocacy, Kiehl's released a Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream, one of our most beloved formulas. Kiehl's donated $200,000 to Autism Speaks to support efforts to provide resources to children and families affected by the disorder.
Kiehl's Skin Care | 167 Years of Giving Back
The Kiehl's Mission
"A worthwhile firm must have a purpose for its existence. Not only the everyday work-a-day purpose to earn a just profit, but beyond that, to improve in some way the quality of the community to which it is committed. Each firm—as should each person—contributes to those around it; and by dint of its day-to-day efforts, the message it thereby imparts is a revelation of the quality standard at which its life’s work is conducted.
We here at Kiehl’s hope that through the quality of our products, by the manner in which our day-to-day contacts are concerned with truth, justice, and fairness, we can in some way communicate to those who may not have been aware of it that these qualities are eternal and renewable every day, making for better citizens, better firms, and better communities.”
We are constantly striving to realize this vision and to endeavor at all times to serve our customers, our communities, and one another to the best of our abilities.