A dossier on the Tvind Teachers Group. Are Humana People-to-People, Planet Aid, the Gaia Movement and DAPP siphoning off cash through tax havens? Is it a cult?

A dossier on the Tvind Teachers Group. Are Humana People-to-People, Planet Aid, the Gaia Movement and DAPP siphoning off cash through tax havens? Is it a cult?

1. Planet Aid – in the U.S., an enormous, ‘nonprofit’, used clothes re-selling enterprise with yellow donation bins across the country.  In Britain, Planet Aid UK is a smaller, for-profit company.  Both are linked to a Swiss joint-stock company.

2. Humana People-to-People – the international TG brand with tens of thousands of collection boxes across western Europe.  Connected to an ‘association’ in Geneva and several other offshore companies in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

3. USAgain – a for-profit company in the U.S. with over 10,000 collection boxes, owned by Jersey offshore holding company Fairbank, Cooper & Lyle, Ltd. (FC&L)

4. The Gaia Movement Trust – another U.S. ‘not-for-profit’, registered in Delaware, with links to an association in Switzerland.  The same name, logo and Swiss address is used on Gaia collection boxes in Britain.

5. UFF (Ulandshjælp Fra Folk til Folk) – this is the Scandinavian version of Humana People-to-People, with roadside collection boxes in Denmark, Norway and Finland.   Founded by the Teachers Group (TG) in 1977.

6. Green World Recycling Ltd – another UK privately owned clothes collection company, closely connected to Gaia.  The managing directors of Green World Recycling and Planet Aid UK are husband and wife, both TG members.

7. DAPP UK (Development Aid from People to People UK) – this small chain of six charity shops in Britain is a registered charity and sells clothes collected by Planet Aid UK.  It was created by the TG to replace Humana UK, which the Charity Commission closed down some years ago.

 


 

TEACHERS GROUP CLOTHES TRADING COMPANIES

8. Garson & Shaw Inc – a used clothes broker owned by the TG.  Based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.  It’s really a wholly-owned intermediary company, run by TG members, which acquires many of the clothes donated to the TG’s U.S. collection charities and passes them on down the line.

The clothes are sold and the company charges a commission.  We think this company is owned by FC&L.  It has a branch in Belize.  A branch in London, UK ceased trading.

9. One World Clothes Trade Bulgaria Ltd – another TG intermediary clothes company, handling clothes which will eventually be sold in Eastern Europe.

10. Textile House, Slovakia – intermediary company

11. TS Recycling LLC – Delaware, USA – we are not sure what this company does, but it is certainly part of the TG network, and likely connected to USAgain.

 


TEACHERS GROUP SHOPS AND CLOTHES SALES

 

In Africa

12. DAPP (Development Aid from People to People) – the TG’s ‘in-house’ aid agency with branches in several southern African countries, which sell second-hand clothes donated in the US and Europe to local people.  DAPP says its business model is to use the proceeds to finance its own development projects (but see Britta’s story).

13. ADPP (Ajuda de Desenvolvimento de Povo para Povo) – the same as DAPP, but in Portuguese speaking countries — Mozambique, Angola and Guinea Bissau.

14. Jacaranda Green Shops, Tanzania – definitely linked to the TG.

15. Jacaranda Limited, Zambia – clothes shops.

 

In Central America

16. Paca Tu Amigo, Guatemala – shops

 

Eastern Europe and Russia

 

If you know of anything to add to this list, please tell us.

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