Magazine Preview: The Benefits of Employee Engagement in Sustainable Fashion, Fair Trade Honey Creates Jobs in Africa, and Dansko’s Mandy Cabot on the Transition to Employee Ownership

Plus, Yvon Chouinard, AltSchool, the value of business certification, and more in the premier issue of B Magazine


Truly sustainable fashion must have a transparent supply chain it isn’t enough for the cotton to be organic or the fibers to be woven from hemp. The level of employee engagement at all levels of the product’s creation must also be clear. B Magazine takes a close look at how apparel businesses have supported fair labor practices in India to make high-quality, unique clothing while providing economic growth to the communities in which the factories operate.

“I want to see how fashion can become responsible not only to the environment but also to the people who take great effort to make the stitched garments,” says Anjali Schiavina, founder and CEO of Mandala Apparels, a fair-trade manufacturer that uses only organic cotton in Pondicherry, India. Her factory is certified by FLOCERT, a global certification and verification body for all things Fair Trade.  But she says that’s not enough.  “It’s more than just about giving a living wage.  It’s also about giving them support, and welfare programs on a day-to-day basis.”

Do you seek sustainable fashion companies that treat employees well? Do you know of companies that do this well? Let us know in the comments below!

In this issue, we also highlight how African Bronze Honey Project has honored traditional, wild honey harvests and created more than 6,000 new jobs in Zambia. This for-profit, mission-driven company bottles and distributes this Fair Trade honey through Canada and has entered the United States. The impact of their business reaches across oceans and cultures in a delicious way.

B Magazine’s premier issue reveals other innovative shifts, shaping society and the way we do business. Mandy Cabot, co-founder and CEO of Dankso, shares the experiences of transitioning her company to 100 percent employee-owned. We also take a look at how one company, AltSchool, is revolutionizing education. Founder Max Ventilla and other educators share how AltSchool’s education and business model are radically different from those of traditional schools, and what impact they are having on the students they teach. We also examine the value of business certification for companies and consumers, and ask whether labels, ratings and certifications have gotten out of control. Our pages are filled with the stories of companies that are actively seeking and incorporating such changes in the way their businesses operate as they work to create a lasting, positive impact on the world.

Other articles in this upcoming issue:

  • Pathways: Diversity in the Workforce
  • Yvon Chouinard and Patagonia: Leading the Climb to Better Business
  • B Inspired: Interview with Green Mountain Power’s Mary Powell

Plus trending news that matters, commentary from our community, recommended products and media, and more!

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