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Nest’s Ethical Handcraft Program stands to revolutionize the industry by making homework a safe and viable option. Measuring compliance across a matrix of more than 100 Standards, the training-first program is tailored to address the wide degree of variation in decentralized supply chains, which may result from factors such as multiple layers of subcontracting, migrant labor forces, and broad geographic dispersal. The program stands apart for its dedication to cultural sensitivity and handworker ownership in decision-making.

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The Seal

The Nest Seal is a symbol of assurance letting consumers know that the items they shop, from fashion to furniture, have been ethically handcrafted in a home or small workshop.

Development and Launch

Leveraging the organization’s internal artisan audit tool as a baseline, Nest conducted full reviews of existing factory auditing standards including SA 8000, FLA and Fair Trade USA, to adopt standards to home or small workshop-based production. On December 7th at the United Nations, Nest, in the company of brand and artisan partners officially launched the Nest Ethical Handcraft Program. Built and piloted in collaboration with brand pioneers including EILEEN FISHER, Jaipur Living, Maiyet, Patagonia, PVH, Target, The Children’s Place, and West Elm, the program stands to revolutionize the industry by making homework a safe and viable option.

Impact So Far

42+ artisan businesses
7+ countries
11,000+ artisans

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During the program’s pilot phase, Nest Compliance assessments were carried out in partnership with 42 artisan businesses across 7 countries, bringing improved transparency and wellbeing to more than 11,000 artisans around the world.

Praise for the Standards

Nest Steering Committee

Participating Brands