Nest provides tailor-made training programs and improved working conditions to artisans and craftspeople in the informal sector of the global fashion industry.
Nest and its partners localize artisan communities in developing countries and provide them with business education, communication classes, and equipment such as computers and looms to improve their working conditions. After identifying and equipping a community with the right tools and training, Nest matches each community with established fashion companies. The organization oversees the business relationships and formalizes the partnerships between artisans and fashion houses, ensuring fair compensation and rights.
Nest collaborates with brands including Stella McCartney, West Elm, Patagonia and Eileen Fisher. Nest grew from serving 1,528 artisans in 2014 to 5,646 artisans in 2015, and has helped increase production orders by 45% and artisans’ revenues by 76%, according to the company.
Why you should care
An estimated 20 to 60% of garment workers globally work from home and are part of the informal workforce, where there are limited means to monitoring and enforce fair labour practices. By providing tools and tailor-made business development programs, and by matching artisans with established fashion houses, Nest is inspiring the fashion industry to use transparency as a springboard for positive change. Nest calls on brands to play a pro-active role in developing their artisan and homeworker supply chains.