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The first three artisan businesses unlock the Nest Seal

Following the December 2017 launch of Nest’s Standards and Seal for Homes and Small Workshops, we are thrilled to announce three artisan businesses that are among the first hand-production enterprises to achieve an above-threshold level of compliance as assessed against the Nest Standards.

Artisanal businesses Durus, maker of handwoven baskets for Target; Sanaa Zetu, producer of handcrafted upcycled aluminum accessories; and V-Weave, creator of handwoven rugs for West Elm, are spread out across three countries producing in the Philippines, Kenya, and India respectively.

This important milestone for each artisan enterprise comes as the result of years of training and hard work alongside Nest and brand partners. Through this achievement, Durus, Sanaa Zetu, and V-Weave have demonstrated their commitment to implementing policies and procedures that address the five pillars of the Nest compliance model: worker rights and business transparency, child advocacy and protection, fair compensation and benefits, health and safety, and environmental care.

The businesses have exhibited strong wage setting and record keeping practices and have worked to verify the ages of all workers involved in production. The businesses have further demonstrated successful systems for educating their artisan workers on their roles and responsibilities in upholding ethical practices, such that everyone in the supply chain is an active and empowered participant.

By achieving an above-threshold score, Durus, Sanaa Zetu, and V-Weave and their brand partners now have the ability to leverage the Nest Seal of Ethical Handcraft at point of sale; thereby communicating to consumers that either an entire product, or portions of it, has been ethically handcrafted using home or small workshop-based production.

We are proud to see the Nest compliance program moving artisans on a path to improved transparency and worker wellbeing and we extend our thanks to Target and West Elm for their partnership. Most importantly, we congratulate Durus, Sanaa Zetu, and V-Weave on the tremendous hard work and determination that they have put into their supply chains and business operations. With now more than 50 Nest trainings and assessments completed across 9 countries globally, we look forward to what’s ahead for the new handworker economy.