The Nest Seal of Ethical Handcraft is the first and only consumer-facing mark certifying that products from fashion to home decor are not just handcrafted—but Ethically Handcrafted.
The creative manufacturing and handmade sector is projected to reach $1 trillion USD by 2024. Around the world, much of this production takes place by artisans who work in informal settings like their homes or small workshops. As a result, these workers can be unrecognized by formal institutions, and the protection of their social and economic rights can be the exception rather than the norm.
Through the Seal of Ethical Handcraft, Nest plays a critical role in bridging the gap between the brands and customers seeking Ethically Handcrafted product and the artisans producing that product. Our Seal, backed by our Ethical Handcraft program, ensures that artisans and handworkers have a safe and equitable work environment—even as they work outside the traditional four-walled factory.LEARN ABOUT OUR ETHICAL HANDCRAFT PROGRAM
Impact to Date
WHAT THE INDUSTRY IS SAYING
“By working closely with Nest to develop the compliance program, we ensure our global partners are given the ethical, economic and social support the handicraft industry so strongly needs. We are proud to help lead the change with Nest and other retail partners.”
VP of Social Innovation and Consciousness
“Nest could be a game-changer for brands, because right now there isn’t any way to accurately evaluate and monitor artisan supply chains for ethics and sustainability. Their methodology could enable brands like us to support artisan supply chains”
Director of Social Consciousness
Eileen Fisher, Inc
“Nest has worked diligently to change the narrative around the informal economy and elevate the dignity of workers. By mapping intricate handicraft supply chains, providing targeted compliance training for handicraft vendors, and building a network of responsible handicraft businesses, Nest has established the systems, tools, and expertise to guide artisans, brands, and industry organizations into a new production frontier.”
Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility
The Nest Seal can currently be found on over 400 products across 2,000+ retail stores including Target, West Elm, Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids.
The Nest Seal incorporates hands symbolizing humanity, cooperation, and handicraft. Together with the image of a bird, the Seal depicts Nest’s work to give artisan businesses the wings they need to fly.SEE NEST CERTIFIED PRODUCTS
What the Artisans are Saying
“I really enjoy quilting as it enables me to take care of my house. I have been able to have a house of my own and have bought a television, refrigerator, and an almirah, my son’s education, I really like working like this as it enables me to take care of the house and spend time with my family.”
Sadhana Devi, India
“My household is run on my husband’s earning and all my earnings go into a deposit account for my children’s higher education with earnings from quilting has eased the financial load off my husband’s shoulders. We both are very happy.”
Alpana Mandal, India
Licensing the Nest Seal
Brands and retailers can license the Nest Seal of Ethical Handcraft in two ways. First, Nest can work with your team to understand your product needs and match you with a supplier that is eligible to carry the Nest Seal. Second, Nest can implement its Ethical Handcraft program within your artisan supply chains to support their ultimate certification.Learn More
January 10, 2018