Toms Shoes: CSR & Sustainability News

Toms (stylized as TOMS) is a company based in Santa Monica, California, that operates the non-profit subsidiary, Friends of Toms. The company was founded in 2006 by Blake Mycoskie, an entrepreneur from Arlington, Texas.

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