While Raven + Lily has always met or exceeded fair trade standards in each of the countries we work in, we are pleased to announce that we have completed the extremely rigorous screening and verification process required to join the Fair Trade Federation. We are so proud to be among the select members of a federation that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to fair trade.
As members of the Fair Trade Federation, we make the deepest commitment to 360° fair trade. We build long-term partnerships that ensure good wages and safe conditions for artisans on the ground, and we strive to be responsible and create positive change through all of our work.
What does 360° fair trade look when applied to Raven + Lily?
Our commitment to longevity is seen through our first and longest standing partnership in Ethiopia, who we have worked with for 8 years. We continue to implement long-term changes in all of our partnerships by designing products that allow our artisans’ skills to flourish and create beautiful designs that they are proud of. We also create realistic timelines that accommodate the artisans’ longer production times. This creates a healthy work environment and reduces the pressure, stress, and overtime that is often imposed on workers in developing countries.
With each piece created, an artisan receives a fair wage that allows them to not only grow their business, but also impact the community as well. With the wages received, women gain access to health care and are able to provide an education for their children, creating new opportunities for more than one generation.
“When women are empowered to earn an income, they reinvest 90 percent of their income back into health, education, food, children, family, and the community.”
-- Source: United National Girls’ Education Initiative (ungei.org)
Our commitment to the environment is evident in the way our materials are produced. From using recycled metals to produce our jewelry, to partnering with Africa’s only carbon neutral, certified fair trade factory, to using all-natural dyes--sustainability is key to Raven + Lily.
By being a part of the Fair Trade Federation, Raven + Lily deepens our commitment to building trustworthy partnerships with producers, and act socially, economically, and environmentally responsible in all we do.