Part of the #FairTradeDifference since 2014
West Elm was the first international home retailer to join the Fair Trade Certified™ factory program. Beginning with a selection of Certified rugs from India in 2014, their Fair Trade assortment has grown to include furniture, bedding, decorative accessories, and an expanded selection of artisan-made rugs. Currently West Elm is on track to certify 40 percent of their entire product line as Fair Trade by 2020.
This holiday season look out for the newly Certified Mid-Century Collection from Vietnam, as well as their felt holiday ornaments from Nepal. Last year workers in Nepal have used Fair Trade Community Development Funds to help rebuild their homes after the April 2015 earthquake.
"From factories to artisan workshops, there are people behind each and every product, and we want to share the stories and process behind what it takes to turn raw materials into beautifully designed, unique, modern products. Fair Trade is a way for us to connect the people buying our products with the people making them."
- Jennifer Gootman, VP of social consciousness and innovation at West Elm
About West Elm
Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY since 2002, West Elm opened its first store in DUMBO, the neighborhood it still proudly calls home. With a mission of harnessing the power of design and human connection to enrich lives, everything West Elm does is designed to make an impact in everyday life, from creating unique, affordable designs for modern living and commitment to Fair Trade Certified, from LOCAL and handcrafted products to community-driven collaborations and events. The brand operates 102 retail stores in the United States, Australia, Canada and the UK, ships internationally to customers around the world and has unaffiliated franchisees that operate stores in Mexico, the Middle East, Philippines and South Korea.