Cape Town - We broke the news earlier on Thursday of a secret collaboration between Pharrell Williams and local retailer, Woolworths.
Now, CEO for Woolworths Holdings Limited, Ian Moir, confirmed a partnership with Grammy Award-winning musician, record producer and philanthropist, Pharrell Williams.
The strategic collaboration is the first of its kind for a South African retailer, and will see the global superstar and the business align their values and actions to make a difference in the lives of people, and the planet.
Williams takes on the role of Style Director in a ground-breaking collaboration across a series of sustainability-focused projects. The partnership is a strategic one, grounded in a strong set of shared values.
Pharrell tweeted this earlier...
And our girl Bonang, who also partners with the retail giant, was in on the scoop...
...the @WOOLWORTHS_SA family has something pretty cool to tell you tomorrow...— Bonang B* Matheba (@bonang_m) April 8, 2015
....it’s so bloody colossal, I’m not sure how we’ve all remained so sane. Lol!! #Woolworths— Bonang B* Matheba (@bonang_m) April 8, 2015
Now here's everything you need to know about the #PharrellWithWoolies:
"Pharrell is a global icon for social cohesion, advancement through education and environmental awareness – these same values lie at the heart of our business and form the foundation on which this partnership is built. We hope Pharrell will help us make sustainability cool for the next generation of South Africans and help us create a better future for our children, our country and our planet," said Moir.
The Woolworths Good Business Journey is the driving force behind the partnership between Williams and Woolies. Launched in 2007, Woolies’ GBJ is a commitment to ethical trade, sustainable farming and production methods, and social responsibility. The call-to-action for the collaboration is "Are you with us?" and it asks customers to pledge their allegiance and support for the Woolworths Good Business Journey.
Watch a video about it here:
There are four ways for customers to get involved and to show their support:
GIVE WITH US: Raising over R100 million for education
Pharrell and MySchool will be calling on customers to help us raise R100 million for schools in need across South Africa through swiping their MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet cards. The more you swipe, the more you donate – the more you make a difference to schools around the country. Signing up for a card is easy and free – and you get to choose which schools
CREATE WITH US: Sustainable T-shirt Design Competition
Woolies has collaborated with Bionic Yarn®, a company that creates fabric out of recycled plastic waste, to create a range of limited edition, sustainable t-shirts. Design students are invited to create and submit designs for these t-shirts that celebrate sustainability. Pharrell will select his favourite designs and these will be produced and sold in Woolies stores across the country. Winners will each receive R25 000 in prize money.
SING WITH US: Share the stage with Pharrell
School singing groups are invited to practice their songs and get ready to compete to win the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform live alongside Pharrell Williams in front of the whole country during his MySchool concert tour of South Africa. Entrants will be shortlisted and chosen personally by Pharrell to appear alongside him on stage in September as part of an exclusive concert for WRewards Members only.
WIN WITH US: See Pharrell live at a private concert
If you’re not a Woolies’ WRewards or MySchool cardholder, now is the time to sign up. Members stand the chance to win a ticket to an exclusive, one-night-only private Pharrell Williams concert, exclusively for members. The only way to get a ticket to this one-night-only event is to be a Woolies WRewards / MySchool / Credit cardholder.