One of the goals of our project is to create a more sustainable way of doing business in a way that feels good to everyone involved. We have our little team that we cherish and look after in studio spaces, our own production centre in Cambodia and lots of other people around the world hand crafting products with us or adding to our education & research.
We establish genuine, and real-life (away from the internet!) relationships with everyone we work with. Everywhere we develop products we have likely spent years working or living before, or in neighboring areas. We firmly believe in happy, relaxed and flexible work environments and are ensuring we create these wherever we have staff working, no matter the country.
Fair for everyone
There is no point creating businesses that harm our environment, or negatively impact or exploit people. We want to make beautiful & sustainable products that people cherish, so that we can establish an alternative model of working in this industry, and support our research and education projects. We benefit from the work of everyone involved and think this should therefore feel fair for everyone who works with us. We’re conscious that the more we grow, the more we can do and give back in this space; it’s one of the most exciting aspects!
At our centre in Cambodia, we’re doing things differently. Generally this industry is fraught with issues from harsh working environments, exceptionally low wages, long working weeks and motor vehicle accidents to and from work. We’ve established a centre where the women only work with us. There are no other customers and demands, it’s not a manufacturing factory, and we’re on the ground often, sometimes for months at a time, so we’re able to create a happy workspace. We ask everyone what they need to make their lives and jobs better and we try to make it happen wherever possible. Everyone benefits from:
- Salaries above industry standard (and well above minimum wage)
- Salary-based pay only (not pay-per-goods produced which is how many other businesses operate)
- 7.5 hour working days with a long lunch Monday to Friday (not 7 day weeks with 10 – 12 hours per day as per standard)
- 3 months maternity leave
- Health insurance
- Transport accident insurance
- Skills training
- Clean drinking water station & local snacks provided
- Play area for kids so they can come visit & hang out or be fed and looked after
- Garden area and plants
A better model
We’re determined to create a happy, satisfying and relaxed work environment. Our studios outside of Cambodia are beautiful little work spaces fitted out with everything we need, lots of good music and plenty of days where work can also be completed from the couch (because kids holidays can be stressful and periods, and sometimes life, can suck and should include tea and Netflix!). We provide flexible working hours to all staff, and believe in personal responsibility without any micro management alongside valuing creative input, process improvement and ideas. We know we can always do better. We also believe in really good dinners, city breaks in well designed hotels and trips to conservation sanctuaries!
In Cambodia we’re hoping our centre will become a small scale example that local and foreign companies can also work toward. We want to be a leader in providing much better working conditions for employees even when you’re limited by your location (like us in a rural area) and funds (this was all funded by us).
We are always seeking to make things even better and improve. Supporting us means we get to do this for people around the world whether in Europe, Australia or Cambodia and that makes us feel pretty darn special.