Our Partnership with Work+ShelterThey are a non-profit ethical unit that trains women in New Delhi, India.
They help women there so we can help women here.
We are so excited about our new partnership with work+shelter. This collection will grow with love, support and energy. Stay tuned.
SWEATSHOP FREE LABOR
Work+Shelter employees are paid fairly, regularly, and given the opportunity to earn raises + promotions. Unfortunately, this is rare throughout most of India. Sweatshops are all too common, and 85-90% of sweatshop employees are women. As such, in 2013 women still only earned 62 percent of a men’s salary for equal work. WORK+SHELTER is working to change that!
We take great care to minimize our impact on the Earth by reusing fabric scraps to reduce waste, consolidating shipments when possible to minimize our carbon footprint, and sourcing organic materials from providers who are equally eco-conscious in running their businesses. The level of how “green” a business is highly depends on how it’s managed — everything from materials, energy and workflow. DID YOU KNOW? The U.S. alone produces 11 million tons of textile waste per year. That’s 400% more than just 2 decades ago! Thus, mass production of goods needs to be done carefully, which is why we take an eco-friendly approach to offering wholesale quantities.
The women we employ work a maximum of 8 hours per day, work in a comfortable environment, and take delicious chai breaks twice daily! We encourage our employees and trainees to pursue health, prosperity, and their dreams.
WORK+SHELTER combines the power of community, positivity, and inspiration to create a truly aspirational workplace. But our reach isn’t limited to the workplace; we are often instrumental in supporting our employees in various ways. For example, we may ensure that an employee’s children are enrolled in school and are receiving proper healthcare, or support our employees towards pursuing their own entrepreneurial venture.
OPPORTUNITY TO GROW
By building on our leadership team’s diverse backgrounds in technology, manufacturing, design, finance, and operations, we’re using our expertise to create a new workforce of empowered women. These women are independent, constantly learning, digitally adept, and financially savvy.
In pursuit of a more just world, we employ women in need and when possible use other social enterprises, natural fibers, recycled, organic, or otherwise eco-friendly inputs. We believe manufacturing can be simultaneously efficient, environmentally friendly, and ethically fair. We know that we are operating within a broader global context and an ecological environment that is precariously placed, so do our best to limit our impact in running our business – whether it be through reducing waste or using more eco-friendly materials. In following with our beliefs, we apply Lean manufacturing principles to our workplace, and think critically about how we manage our material scraps. Our high-end production equipment and quality control process ensure that our end products meet robust quality standards.
We focus on women’s empowerment and poverty alleviation by providing Indian women with fair-trade work. At W+S New Delhi, women are entered into our paid training program where we teach them the skills to create high-quality products for the export market. The only entry prerequisite we have is demonstrated economic need. When the woman completes training and begins to produce, we increase her pay. Because many of the women that work with us never finished school, our job training in sewing and production management provides them with the means to find dignified work they otherwise wouldn’t have access to.