Corporate Responsibility

Pro Bono
The Madame Paulette Organization is proud to support non-profit and artistic organizations in the Tri-state area. In 2013, Madame Paulette prepared key pieces for the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, CT and the Stephen Burrows fashion exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York.

Donations
Madame Paulette donates abandoned clothing and linens to organizations that support the arts and save lives, including the New York City Opera, the Cure Thrift Shop to benefit the Diabetes Research Institute, and Housing Works, a non-profit dedicated to serving New Yorkers affected by HIV and AIDS.

In the last year alone, Madame Paulette has contributed over $28,000, 2,255 stain removal kits and $1,500 in gift certificates to the Celebrate Your Status Holiday Party & Toy Drive, the Jewelry Designer Showcase’s Holiday party in association with the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, the Family Business Dynasties Gala, the Charity Buzz Online Auction benefitting the Museum and its Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center, the Gala Benefit for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation’s Breakthrough Ball, the Lifeline NY Organization Luncheon at Le Cirque and the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation.

To create direct bonds between employees and the institutions we support and serve, Madame Paulette also provides employees with short-term incentives that include memberships to local museums and tickets to art events, purchased through Hospital Audiences Inc., a nonprofit that provides arts access for the culturally underserved.

Giving Back
Madame Paulette has recently partnered with the alternative public high school City As School, which emphasizes equal focus on classroom learning and experience-based, hands-on internships. We also work with students ages 14 – 24 who apply through the competitive NYC Ladders for Leaders program, which is organized through Laguardia Community College and funded by the City of New York’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).

Each trimester, Madame Paulette mentors two students in the Couture and Marketing departments. Interns learn how to conduct themselves professionally in a business setting, improve their use of software, respect the value of making a commitment and manage projects that lead to their final grade. If they are hired, as one employee has so far, Madame Paulette offers a tuition reimbursement program to support their transition from high school to career.

Footprint
As a cleaner of clothing that requires the use of non-aqueous solvents, Madame Paulette is conscious to take measures to offset and reduce our environmental impact. To this end, we work as affiliates with the GreenEarth Cleaning system to keep our garments and the environment clean. The GreenEarth process uses an environmentally friendly and non-toxic solvent which is so gentle that is the base for many skin and hair care products and odorlessly softens delicate, dry-clean-only garments.

Our environmental consciousness includes a commitment to using reusable and sustainable resources, as well as safe cleaning agents. Madame Paulette has been awarded with a rating of 4 leaves from the Green Cleaners Council, and an energy credit from New York State for our conservation, recycling and education efforts. In order to reduce our energy usage, we participate in the Energy Star Network and the U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership.

In addition to using green technologies and techniques, Madame Paulette makes conscious efforts to choose recycled or recyclable, reusable and biodegradable materials, equipment and cleaning agents. As part of this program, we encourage our clients to help us reduce our impact and to make use of these complementary reusable packaging materials, or to return them to us for reuse and recycling.

Partnerships
Madame Paulette’s relationship with GreenEarth Cleaning extends to other businesses in the cleaning community with whom we share a common goal of providing cleaning services that are safe both for patrons and for the environment. We collaborate with the global network of GreenEarth Cleaning-affiliated members who consult us for advice and help on difficult cleaning and restoration jobs.

Aside from GreenEarth, there are numerous professional organizations of which Madame Paulette is a member—those who share our dedication to the textile trades and high-quality customer service, including the Restoration Industry Association (RIA), the National Cleaners Association (NCA) and the Textile Care Allied Trades Association (TCATA). Madame Paulette also maintains close ties to the fashion industry through the global non-profit Fashion Group International (FGI), as well as a commitment to preserving America’s historic past through our membership in the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).