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Nest Launches Standards & Seal for Homes and Small Workshops

This past Thursday at the United Nations, we stood side by side with our corporate and philanthropic partners and artisan leaders themselves to say: “Now is the time for a new handworker economy that connects craftspeople, brands, and consumers in a circular and human-centric value chain.” 350 of you filled the room with your enthusiasm, creating an experience whose power we find difficult to put into words. Luckily for us, Vogue has come to the rescue with a beautiful story articulating the most interesting learnings from the day, and WWD delved deep into the opening panel highlighting Nest’s project with Ecopsis to build a globally applicable responsible wastewater management system.

A special thanks to the convening’s title partners and Nest Steering Committee members Target and West Elm, and to the speakers and moderators who illuminated every angle of the New Handworker Economy with insights and suggestions for successful strategies moving forward: Verna Eggleston of Bloomberg Philanthropies; Cristiana Falcone Sorrell, Vanessa Friedman of The New York Times, Andrew Morgan of The True Cost, Bandana Tewari of Vogue India, Steven Kolb of CFDA, Burak Cakmak of Parson’s, Becca Prowda of Levi Strauss & Co., Sara Hayes of Patagonia, Douglas Guiley of West Elm, Ivanka Mamic of Target, Luna Lee of Eileen Fisher, Yash Ranga of Jaipur Living, Heidi Christ of UNHCR, Fidelis Muia of Heshima Kenya, Raihan Ali of Thanapara Swallows, Pradeep Sinha of  Bodhi, Prakash Amatya of Handmade Water, Miriam Dym of Dym California Textiles, Amédé Ferré of Ecopsis, and Nest Board Member, Brendan Cullen.

Thursday was just the beginning – and we humbly ask you to continue this journey with us into 2018 and beyond. Together, we can expand global workforce inclusivity, improve women’s wellbeing beyond factories, and preserve time honored cultural traditions.

How can you help keep the momentum going?

  • Encourage your brand peers to explore using Nest Compliance in their own supply chains
  • Ask the brands you love about their policies for homeworkers and artisans. Let them know about Nest.
  • Become a philanthropic supporter of Nest or deepen you commitment to giving by joining the Nest Co-op.
  • Sign up to volunteer for skills-based consulting and mentorship projects via the Nest Fellowship Program.
  • Share the beautiful story on the convening that Vogue published
  • Tell your friends, family, peers, and coworkers about Nest and let them know about why this work is so important