Social Responsibility

At AEO, we believe we have a responsibility to do better, to be better, to build a better world.

We are committed to showing the world that there’s REAL power in the optimism of youth by supporting causes that matter to all of us and the world. We roll up our sleeves to make a difference in our communities. We promote an inclusive workplace where everyone is encouraged to be their REAL selves. We create products that are manufactured and sourced responsibly. And, we are doing our part to drive environmental sustainability efforts across our corporate campuses and supply chain.

Jay L. Schottenstein

Letter From Jay

When AEO first embarked on the journey to share our commitment to corporate citizenship, we aimed to forge a path that balanced principles and profit. We quickly realized, though, that the world in which we live is at a critical point, demanding social responsibility and sustainable innovation.

Our customers and associates have asked us to be a leader of change – and we’re listening.

Our CSR initiatives showcase our passion for making a positive impact, and how we have chosen to invest in people and the planet. We’re honored to disclose our accomplishments.

We know that our decisions and investments can be transformational beyond the bottom line. We want consumers, investors and associates to be proud to wear our products, and be assured that we are doing our part to fulfill our commitment to them and the world in which we live.

We learn more each day about how our world is changing and endeavor to ensure our business positively impacts people and the environment. Thank you for joining us as we look to the future and work to build a legacy that will support generations to come.


Jay Schottenstein
Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer