Commitment to Action

Fashion Forward: Changing Global Sourcing Practices

Commitment by

Mercado Global

In 2013, Mercado Global committed to scaling its sustainable sourcing practices by recruiting 62 additional brands and retailers to partner with indigenous women's artisan cooperatives in Guatemala, and better integrate women-owned SMEs into global supply chains. As a result, an additional 112 indigenous women artisans will gain income-earning opportunities in textiles, and 40 additional artisans will have increased access to microloans and training to grow their small businesses. This model will create immediate social and economic impact, such as a viable, high-value fair trade alternative to international retail companies interested in sustainable sourcing, increased access to education for indigenous children, improved standard of living for historically marginalized populations, and greater possibilities of future impact in communities worldwide by demonstrating to retailers the shared benefits of sourcing ethically.

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Commitment

Fashion Forward: Changing Global Sourcing Practices

Launched

2013

Est. Duration

2 years

Region

Latin America & Caribbean

Countries

Guatemala

Commitment by

Mercado Global

Partner(s)

Levi Strauss Foundation, Red Envelope, VivaTerra, Holt Renfrew