For a look into the world of handcraft at West Elm, visit westelm.com/handcrafted.
- Over the course of the next two years, West Elm will work with a network of more than 20 artisan groups in 15 countries (including the United States, Columbia, Haiti, India, Mali, Nicaragua, Peru, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam), directly impacting the lives of 4,500 artisan workers and 18,000 family members.
- Over half of these artisans are women who will be learning new skills to grow their businesses, supporting their families and themselves through the work they are doing.
- West Elm utilizes UNESCO’s definition of artisan products: Those produced by artisans, either completely by hand, or with the help of hand tools or even mechanical means, as long as the direct manual contribution of the artisan remains the most substantial component of the finished product. 2
- West Elm uses many methods to verify compliance with high social responsibility, health and safety standards. All suppliers sign and abide by a Vendor Code of Conduct, West Elm adheres to the disclosure requirements of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and the brand takes several actions—including third-party audits and first-party factory reviews—to make sure commitments are met. For details and more information, see the brand’s Corporate Labor Practices.
About the Clinton Global InitiativeEstablished in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 400 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $73.5 billion. CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world, and, this year, CGI Latin America, which will bring together Latin American leaders to identify, harness, and strengthen ways to improve the livelihoods of people in Latin America and around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative. 1 US Department of State & Aspen Institute, Launch of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, November 23, 2012. 2 UNESCO/ITC Symposium “Crafts and the International Market: Trade and Customs Codification” Manila, 6-8 October 1997.