Behind every finished product are people – from farmers to seamstresses – working across a range of varied industries. Due to complex supply chains which often span several countries in the making of a single product, those involved can be hidden, working in poor conditions with wages too low to cover their basic costs of living. Our new For Communities label recognises companies that put the people behind their products first.
Rosh Mahtani of jewellery brand Alighieri has become known for her modern heirlooms inspired by the work of the medieval Italian poet Dante Alighieri. Made in London’s historic jewellery district, Hatton Garden, core Alighieri pieces are cast in recycled bronze and plated in gold or silver purchased from Cooksongold, who are certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council.
Accessories brand STELAR, meanwhile, collaborates with artisan communities in Bali to create bags using ancient weaving techniques. With transparency at the heart of everything STELAR does, each of their hand-crafted pieces comes with a unique digital code that reveals the origin of the bag and the artisan who made it.
On the other side of the world in Amsterdam, Tony’s Chocolonely is on a mission to end slavery across the entire chocolate industry. The brand pays the West-African farmers they work with a ‘Tony’s premium’ on top of the Fairtrade wage to ensure they earn a living income from growing the cocoa that makes up Tony’s colourful, palm-oil-free choccie bars.