Photo Credit: Richard Singh

Nest’s Third Annual Artisan Leadership Summit will culminate as a multi-stakeholder forum at the United Nations, where participants and attendees will lay the groundwork for a New Handworker Economy that connects handworkers*, brands, and consumers in a circular and human-centric value chain. *Handworker: n. a person who works with her or his hands, in contrast to using a machine exclusively (related terms include: artisan, craftsperson, maker, homeworker, manual laborer)

DECEMBER 7, 2017

Convening at United Nations: 10 AM– 5 PM, Cocktail Reception at Swarovski’s New York Showroom: 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM

Early Bird Rate: $500


***Check back regularly for more participants to be unveiled leading up to the Convening***

Vanessa Friedman, Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic, The New York Times

Bandana Tewari, Fashion Features Director, VOGUE India

Andrew Morgan, Film Director, The True Cost

Simone Cipriani, Head and Founder of the International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Initiative

“As the second largest employer of women in emerging economies, the handwork sector has the ability to create positive social and economic change on the global scale. To meet the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, an achievable plan must include artisans, craftspeople, homeworkers, makers, and manual labors who are often hidden in the informal economy.” – Nest Founder and Executive Director, Rebecca van Bergen





Panel discussion led by executives from Nest Steering Committee brands in conversation with artisan business leaders representing more than 20 nations around the world

 UNHCR presentation on using craft employment as a tool for liberation from the Refugee crisis 

Media Panel discussing media’s role in educating and empowering consumers to support artisan development and innovation

Catered sit-down lunch hosted at the United Nations

Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) discussion led by UN Officer, Simone Cipriani

Grand Unveiling of the Nest Labor Standards for Homes & Small Workshops and Seal of Handworker Wellbeing



Please Contact: Kristin Schneider,