Nordstrom Cares: Our Stories

Taking Care of Our Communities: St. Joseph's Health Centre Foundation
Nordstrom Sherway Gardens’ Team


The countdown to our sixth Canada full-line store opening has officially begun, with Nordstrom Sherway Gardens set to open on September 15. Our Sherway Gardens leadership team has been working for months to overcome the usual (and unusual) hurdles that a store opening presents. By working together to deliver on such a task, the team creates a connection that lasts for many years; to strengthen that connection, the group organized a team-building volunteer day.

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Taking Care of our Communities: Celebrating Pride Month
Love & Peace 2 U

AUGUST 18, 2017

Nordstrom employees helped spread a message of "Love and Peace to You" as they handed out Nordstrom-branded rainbow sunglasses, beads and bracelets at this year's Pride parades across the country.  

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Respecting the Environment: Our Newest Coffee Is Easy to Love
Smithsonian Bird Friendly Coffee at Nordstrom

JULY 17, 2017

Our Specialty Coffee team has been serving direct-trade, organic and fair-trade coffee options for years, and, for a limited time, we're adding a new sustainable coffee to the lineup. Starting in July, a limited number of bags of certified Bird Friendly® coffee will be available in all of our Ebars.

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Taking Care of Our Communities: YWCA USA Women of Distinction Awards Gala
Celebrating a bold mission and bright future

JULY 3, 2017

On June 16, our 2017 nonprofit partner for Treasure & Bond, the YWCA, held its biennial USA Women of Distinction Awards Gala in Washington, DC. The gala was held to honor several individuals and organizations from across the U.S. who have demonstrated excellence, leadership and integrity in their fields and in the community. Our own Jen Jackson Brown, president of Nordstrom Product Group, was among four Women of Distinction honorees recognized at the event, where she accepted the Corporate Partnership award on behalf of Nordstrom. The award was presented by the night’s host, journalist Melissa Harris-Perry, along with YWCA USA Interim CEO Casey Harden.

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Taking Care of Our Communities: Koinonia Homes for Teens
Giving style

JUNE 9, 2017

When Justin Studebaker, a Personal Stylist at our Roseville Galleria store in California, first learned about Koinonia Homes for Teens, he knew he wanted to help. Focused on supporting teens who are struggling with alcohol dependency, the organization has been providing an essential service in the Sacramento community since 1982. Their current programs include Therapeutic Foster Care, Adoption, Day Treatment, Medically Fragile, Residential Group Homes for chemically dependent adolescents and a County Crisis Resolution Center.

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Respecting the Environment: Nordstrom + CSR Report
Sharing Our Progress: 2016

MAY 31, 2017

We're excited to share our latest corporate social responsibility report, which reflects our social responsibility and environmental sustainability efforts in 2016. The report is now available at

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Taking Care of Our Communities: Nordstrom + Shoes That Fit
Commemorating 17 years of partnership

MAY 26, 2017

"Black Tie Optional, Sneakers Required" isn't something you often see on the invite to a gala event, but that was the dress code at the 25th Anniversary Sneaker Ball held April 22 by the national nonprofit and longtime Nordstrom partner Shoes That Fit. Hosted at Union Station in Los Angeles and emceed by comedian Alonzo Bodden, the event brought together hundreds of people in support of the organization's worthy cause: providing new shoes to kids in need. 

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Respecting the Environment: Nordstrom + Renewable Energy
Respecting the Environment: Nordstrom + Renewable Energy

APRIL 19, 2017

Though Florida may hold the official title of "Sunshine State," the "Golden State" of California isn't far behind when it comes to sunny days (fun fact: the bustling city of Los Angeles gets an estimated 292 days of sun every year!). What to do when you have so much of a good thing? Put it to use!

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Respecting the Environment: Nordstrom + Urban Freight Lab
Improving deliveries, reducing emissions.

APRIL 17, 2017

If you've ever shopped online and come home to find a note on your mailbox that said "Package could not be delivered," you understand the frustration of multiple delivery attempts. What you may not know is those delivery attempts can impact the environment and livability in your city. Our Transportation team is trying to address those problems through a partnership with Costco, UPS, USPS, Charlie’s Produce, the City of Seattle and the University of Washington. Together, we've formed Urban Freight Lab, which is focused on addressing the negative logistic and environmental impacts of delivering packages in dense urban areas.

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Taking Care of Our Communities: A Milestone Gift
A milestone gift

FEBRUARY 6, 2017

Today marked a milestone moment for Treasure&Bond—we just announced the giveback brand's largest donation ever: a $719,107 gift to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Canada. The donation (which represents 2.5% of the brand's net sales from February 2, 2016, through January 31, 2017) means we've donated a grand total of more than $1.4 million since we launched the Treasure&Bond brand in 2014.

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Taking Care of Our Communities: Tacey Powers Honored by Two Ten Footwear Foundation
Social Impact Award

JANUARY 16, 2017

On November 30, our own Tacey Powers was recognized by the Two Ten Footwear Foundation with their Social Impact Award. The award, which is given out each year at the foundation's annual gala in New York City, recognizes an individual or company who makes giving back to the community a priority. The spirit of the award is rooted in the foundation's history, which dates back to 1939. It was started by a group of shoe salesmen who came together to support others in the industry who were in need of financial support. The salesmen quite literally passed a hat around their meetings to contribute funds. Today, the Two Ten Footwear Foundation offers financial assistance, counseling, community resources and scholarships to thousands of individuals working in the footwear industry and their families.

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Taking care of our communities: Nordstrom + Mary's place.
Holly Jolly Party

JANUARY 9, 2017

Like many cities across the United States, the city of Seattle is facing a homelessness crisis. Estimates show that at least 500 families in the city (mostly single mothers and children) will be sleeping outside tonight in cars, tents and doorways.

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Taking care of our communities: shoes that fit.
The gift of shoes

JANUARY 9, 2017

In early November, we kicked off our annual holiday giving partnership with our customers, New Balance and the nonprofit organization Shoes That Fit. Our goal this year was pretty ambitious: to give 20,000 children in need a new pair of shoes, which meant we needed to sell 40,000 of our $10 giving cards.

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Taking care of our communities: store opening celebrations.
Celebrating and giving back.

DECEMBER 12, 2016

Whether we've served nearby customers for a long time or we're new to the area, each time we open a new store, we begin by hosting a fundraising event for local nonprofit organizations so we can give back to the communities that do so much to support us.

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Respecting the Environment: 2016 Carbon Disclosure Project Results
2016 Carbon Disclosure Project Results

DECEMBER 5, 2016

Nordstrom earned a "B" rating on our annual Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) climate disclosure, a tool that allows companies and other organizations to measure and manage their environmental impact.

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Taking care of our communities: Nordstrom + Day of Caring
Getting out and giving back.

NOVEMBER 18, 2016

This past September and October, as part of our annual Day of Caring volunteer events, Nordstrom employees from stores and corporate offices across the country pitched in to help support the work of local nonprofit organizations. Projects ranged from sorting 15,000 pounds of corn at a food bank in Oregon to beach cleanups on the California coast and helping at community wellness fairs in New York. Here's a glimpse at a few of the other projects we supported.

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Taking Care of Our Communities: Nordstrom + Shoes That Fit
A season of giving back

NOVEMBER 4, 2016

Since 2010, we've teamed up with our customers, New Balance, and the nonprofit Shoes That Fit to donate New Balance sneakers to school-aged children who might not otherwise have access to them. Over the past six years, we've donated more than 90,000 pairs of shoes. This year, we're hoping to give 20,000 more—bringing our grand total to a whopping 110,000. Interested in helping? Just visit any U.S. Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack to purchase a $10 giving card, which helps pay for one pair of shoes for a child in need.

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Taking Care of Our Communities: Nordstrom + Breast Cancer Awareness
How We Support The Cause

OCTOBER 31, 2016

The arrival of fall brings a season with much to look forward to. But as many of us celebrate the arrival of sweater season, fall sports and festive coffee, fall also marks an important time of the year – Breast Cancer Awareness Month, recognized every October. Many of us will don pink shirts, scarves and hats, and participate in walks and fundraisers to support the cause. However, the difficult reality for many is that they, or someone they love, will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Taking care of our communities: Diversity and Inclusion
Changing the face of beauty

OCTOBER 19, 2016

This fall, Nordstrom was featured in a video produced by nonprofit Changing the Face of Beauty on the importance of including people with disabilities in marketing and advertising.

"Besides being the right thing to do, it's also a good business decision," Katie Driscoll, founder and president of Changing the Face of Beauty, said. "People with disabilities are the largest minority in the world but yet are the least seen in media. That's a large part of the population advertisers aren't even trying to sell to."

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Taking care of our communities: Celebrating Pride Month
Taking care of our communities: Celebrating Pride Month

JULY 11, 2016

In many cities across the U.S. and Canada, June is Pride Month—a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions of the LGBT (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender) community. Again this year, hundreds of Nordstrom employees joined in their local Pride parade festivities. From Seattle to St. Louis to Toronto, employees were decked out in vibrant "Pride Looks Good On You" tees (we even had a few people rocking tutus) as they carried rainbow flags and balloons. They danced and marched through the streets while handing out Nordstrom-branded rainbow sunglasses, beads and bracelets.

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Newsweek Green Rankings
2016 Newsweek Green Rankings.

JUNE 20, 2016

Nordstrom came in at #35 out of the 500 U.S. companies in the 2016 edition of Newsweek's annual Green Rankings, which rates large global companies on their sustainability performance and environmental impact. This is our highest spot ever and a significant leap from last year's #95. Also, among the 83 'Consumer Discretionary' sector companies included, we jumped to #5 from #9 in 2015.

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Our coffee: Sustainably-produced and sourced
Direct Trade Verified Coffee

JUNE 17, 2016

Whether you're ordering a latte, a cappuccino, or a classic Americano, a delicious cup of coffee always starts with fresh, high-quality coffee beans in the very best flavors and varieties, thanks to the hard work of our Specialty Coffee team. But there's more to the story of what makes a great cup of coffee -- that's where our partnership with Farmer Brothers comes in.

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Our latest CSR Report
Sharing our progress.

MAY 17, 2016

We're pleased to share that we've posted our latest annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, which reflects our 2015 CSR efforts. Since 2009, we've used this annual report to demonstrate what we've accomplished, identify opportunities to improve and hold ourselves accountable for continuing to make progress. This year, we updated our approach to provide even more context and details around what we've done and where we're going next.

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Taking Care of Our Communities: 34th Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge
Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes.

MAY 20, 2016

For more than three decades, Nordstrom has partnered with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to host Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes. The event was started in 1983 by Nordstrom employees after their coworker's son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Since then, it's raised more than $19.5 million, including the $1.5 million raised from the 2016 event.

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Respecting the environment: Nordstrom + Forterra
Offsetting our carbon footprint.

APRIL 24, 2016

Carbon is a significant contributor to global climate change, which is why we're focused on finding ways to reduce the emissions we create across the company. There are a lot of ways we're doing that, like using more energy-efficient lighting and being more efficient as we transport merchandise. We're also doing things outside of our own four walls.

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Taking Care of Our Communities: New Looks, New Partner
New looks, new partner.

APRIL 15, 2016

Street style with an Americana twist. Laid back layers. Lived-in denim. Modern accents. Sound like your style? If so, we think you'll want to check out the latest collection from our give-back brand, Treasure&Bond. The brand, which expanded this month to include Girls' apparel, is fully refreshed and updated for spring with comfortable tanks and tees, must-have denim and stylish totes.

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Taking Care of Our Communities: Nordstrom + Goodwill (Round 2)
Reduce Reuse Recycle

FEBRUARY 26, 2016

Our company has grown a lot in the past several years, and in order to best serve our customers, our Seattle headquarters has had to grow along with it. As we expanded into new office spaces and made updates to existing ones, we found we had more than 25 truckloads of old office furniture (things like desks, cube walls, shelves, tables and chairs) that we were no longer able to use. Sending it all to a landfill was going to be expensive, not to mention filled with negative environmental impacts, so our teams worked to come up with a better solution.

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Taking Care of our Communities: Empowering Young Minds
Empowering the Next Generations

JANUARY 29, 2016

January was National Mentoring month (bet you didn't know that!), making now the perfect time to highlight some of the nonprofits we support that are supporting today's young minds. These organizations are committed to caring for kids and empowering youth to succeed every single day—something we will always stand behind!

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Spreading Holiday Cheer to Kids in Need

JANUARY 25, 2016

On November 11, a small team of employees from Nordstrom The Mall of San Juan in Puerto Rico visited Casa de Todos, a safe house in the mountains that shelters kids who have been affected by abuse in their homes. They spent the day with the children, learning about them and the work the shelter was doing to provide a warm and happy home. After a day of touching moments, our employees went home with heavy hearts and a strong desire to continue making the children at the shelter happy.

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Taking Care of Our Communities: Nordstrom + Renewable Energy
Powered by the Sun

DECEMBER 24, 2015

For the past eight weeks, there's been a flurry of activity at Nordstrom Rack Persimmon Place in Dublin, California—and we don't mean just inside the store during this busy holiday season. There's also action taking place on the rooftop. It's all part of a smart sustainability initiative led by the mall's owner, Regency Centers. In an effort to supply the shopping center with renewable energy, Regency is adding more than 1,334 solar panels across the entire mall development, with 540 placed on our roof.

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Taking Care of Our Communities: Nordstrom + Food Banks
Healthy food leads to happy faces.

DECEMBER 24, 2015

For so many of us, the holiday season is celebrated with gatherings of family and friends around a table filled with mouth-watering meals inspired by classic family recipes. These meals bring us together and can serve as a reminder of the many things for which we are thankful. But for the people in our communities who don't have reliable access to nutritious food, the holiday season can be a particularly tough time of year. Studies estimate that 1 in 6 Americans faces hunger every day and 1 in 8 Canadian families struggles to put food on the table.

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