Photo Credit: Richard Singh

Nest’s Third Annual Artisan Leadership Summit will culminate as a multi-stakeholder open forum and benefit luncheon 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

Open Convening at United Nations: 9 AM– 4 PM


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

Andrew Morgan, Film Director of The True Cost

Bandana Tewari, Fashion Features Director at VOGUE India

Douglas Guiley, SVP of Global Sourcing at West Elm and Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Heidi Christ, Artisan Value Chain Expert at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 

Ivanka Mamic, Senior Director of Responsible Sourcing at Target

Sarah Hayes, Senior Material Innovation and Research Manager at Patagonia Inc.

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

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

“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


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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,