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Data & Technology

To achieve global workforce inclusivity and women’s wellbeing beyond factories, Nest is committed to collecting, leveraging, and measuring data to advance the global handworker economy.

Building Globally Applicable, Fact-Based Solutions

Nest is committed to building its programs based off data collected through its Nest Guild and onsite compliance assessments.

To build and prioritize solutions with the greatest potential to drive impact on the global scale, the fragmented data pools surrounding handwork must be centralized and leveraged to inform fact-based solution building. Solutions should be prioritized based on the needs most prevalent and critical across the entire global handworker economy, breaking from the myopic view that the work is highly localized. Once solutions are in place, their impacts must be measured and shared widely, giving the entire industry access to what’s working and what needs to be refined.

Global Sector Solutions in Progress

Ensuring Wellbeing for Women Beyond Factories

Nest is committed to leveraging new technologies like mobile surveys and blockchain to ensure that home-based work, and women’s work, is fairly compensated and valued

Best industry estimates indicate that between 20–60% of garment production is done at least partially outside of factories. The ILO estimates upwards of 300 million homeworkers globally, though it’s unclear what portion of these are engaged in craft-based work. The wide degree of variance in these statistics points to a glaring lack of visibility to home-based workers, most of whom are women. When women’s work is not measured, it’s not accounted for or valued in the global economy. This chronic and widespread invisibility is directly contributing to unfair pay, harassment, and lack of investment in female homeworkers—stifling their ability to drive economic and social impact.

Standards Data


Worker Rights and Business Transparency

0
businesses had a handworker manual, meaning that no formal policies or procedures were in place specifically for handworkers

4%
of businesses had some form of a training program to educate handworkers on their rights

0
had a process for handworkers to report grievances


Child Advocacy and Protection

21%
of businesses had a formal policy handwork


Worker Wellbeing

33%
of the workers surveyed felt that they were not being fairly compensated for their work


Fair Compensation and Benefits

21%
had complete and accurate records of wages for handworkers

40%
of businesses factored minimum wage standards into wage setting for piece-rate handworkers and of those, only a small number could show written documentation of wage calculations


Health & Safety

43%
did not have proper fire safety measures

32%
did not have sufficient first aid equipment

30%
of businesses using machinery were not properly maintaining the safety of equipment


Environmental Care

0
of those businesses whose production processes included some form of water disposal had waste water treatment systems in place

Making the Case for Investment

Nest is committed to working alongside artisan businesses and brand partners to measure the impact of both its programs and overall investment in handwork.

“Artisan” is often misunderstood as niche and not scalable, contributing to a lack of philanthropic and for-profit investment in the sector. Furthermore, the lack of impact data quantifying the social and economic benefits of increasing supply and demand for handmade items weakens the case for investment in supply chain development. In addition to measuring its own impact, Nest is committed to working alongside industry partners to collect and share data that demonstrates the value of handwork in achieving global social and economic impact.