Our employees are paid fairly, regularly, and given the opportunity to earn raises + promotions. Unfortunately, this is rare throughout most of India. Sweatshops are all too common, and 85-90% of sweatshop employees are women. As such, in 2013 women still only earned 62 percent of a men’s salary for equal work. WORK+SHELTER is working to change that!
WORK+SHELTER combines the power of community, positivity, and inspiration to create a truly aspirational workplace. But our reach isn’t limited to the workplace; we are often instrumental in supporting our employees in various ways. For example, we may ensure that an employee’s children are enrolled in school and are receiving proper healthcare, or support our employees towards pursuing their own entrepreneurial venture.
In pursuit of a more just world, we employ women in need and when possible use other social enterprises, natural fibers, recycled, organic, or otherwise eco-friendly inputs. We believe manufacturing can be simultaneously efficient, environmentally friendly, and ethically fair. We know that we are operating within a broader global context and an ecological environment that is precariously placed, so do our best to limit our impact in running our business - whether it be through reducing waste or using more eco-friendly materials. In following with our beliefs, we apply Lean manufacturing principles to our workplace, and think critically about how we manage our material scraps. Our high-end production equipment and quality control process ensure that our end products meet robust quality standards.