Choosing Certifications for Your Design Business
Paola Masperi founded, Mayamiko, a fashion and lifestyle label that puts people and planet at the heart of everything they do. Mayamiko runs their workshop in Malawi, Eastern Africa, where they train and employ women from the community. With first-hand experience of becoming a certified brand, Paola has an incredible wealth of knowledge. Hear about the process Mayamiko went through to choose their certifications, the impact these have had on their business, and how other brands should approach the decision themselves.
In this video, you'll learn:
- What certifications mean to your buyer and if they add value.
- How to communicate your impact with and without certifications.
- How Mayamiko decided on the certifications they wanted and the processes involved.
- Advice on approaching certifications in your own business.
- Alternatives to being certified.
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Ethical Certifications Glossarywith Charlie Bradley Ross
Two of the five factories that collapsed in 2014 were audited by the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). In their own words, the BSCI was created to “provide companies with a practical and efficient system to improve social compliance in global supply chains.” The audits failed to identify the illegal structural issues that led to the collapse in two BSCI-registered buildings. The fact is, however, BSCI audits do not cover building safety at all. This is why it’s so essential to understand precisely what certifications and standards include.
To give you a jump start, we’ve put together an incredible downloadable with over 40 of the most recognised standards. Whether you decide to purchase from a certified supplier or become certified yourself, this downloadable will help you to quickly identify the standards and certifications that are right for you.