While systems are in place to assess ethical compliance in four-walled factories, there is pressing need for established Standards for ethical compliance in the homes, small workshops, and cottage industries of artisan production. This nuanced supply chain which may involve sub-contracting, piece rate payment structures, and a fluid workforce, requires a culturally sensitive approach to evaluation and cannot be measured in the same way a four-walled central facility can.
In partnership with Nest’s Artisan Advancement Project Steering Committee of brands, Nest has created the first Ethical Compliance Standards that map directly to worker rights trainings and capacity building programs Nest is able to provide. Nest is helping brands gain increased visibility to their decentralized workforce and collaborating with their vendors in charting a course for improved practices over time.
The Nest Standards measure against Nest’s Code of Conduct for Artisans and Homeworkers, which spans the following categories:
- Artisan Rights & Wellbeing
- Transparent Records & Legal Compliance
- Child Advocacy & Protection
- Fair Compensation & Benefits
- Health & Safety
- Environmental Care
- Production Performance