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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 7, 2017, 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

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Standards Committee

The Nest Standards Committee, a permanent multi-stakeholder governance body, is responsible for overseeing the revision process, reviewing feedback and suggestions, and collectively approving any revisions to Nest’s Standards or refinement to our methodology.

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Sean Ansett, President of At-Stake Advisors

Douglas Guiley, Global Sourcing and CSR Expert

Antoine Heuty, Founder & CEO of Ulula

Jane Hwang, President & CEO of Social Accountability International (SAI)

Rochelle Zaid, Senior Director of Standards & Impacts at SAI

John Brooks, Executive Director of Social Accountability Accredidation Services at SAI

Kelly Johnson, Senior Responsible Sourcing Manager at Target

Jacob Matthew, CEO of Industree

Haresh Mirpuri, President of Durus

Tes Bustamante, Marketing Manager of Durus

We Value Your Feedback

Nest invites project stakeholders and members of the general public to submit complaints, grievances, or suggestions for improvement to the Nest Ethical Compliance Standards for Homes and Small Workshops and associated activities. All responses will be kept confidential if you so choose.

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Nest Steering Committee