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Nest’s Third Annual Artisan Leadership Summit

  • United Nations Headquarters 405 East 42nd Street New York, NY, 10017 United States (map)

From Nest:

Nest’s Third Annual Artisan Leadership Summit will culminate as a multi-stakeholder forum at the United Nationswhere participants and attendees will lay the groundwork for a New Handworker Economy that connects handworkers*, brands, and consumers in a circular and human-centric value chain. *Handworker: n. a person who works with her or his hands, in contrast to using a machine exclusively (related terms include: artisan, craftsperson, maker, homeworker, manual laborer)

Andrew MorganFilm Director, The True Cost

Bandana TewariFashion Features Director, VOGUE India

Beth CieslikResponsible Sourcing Director, Target

Douglas GuileySVP of Global Sourcing at West Elm and Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Heidi ChristArtisan Value Chain Expert at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Simone CiprianiHead and Founder of the International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Initiative

Vanessa Friedman, Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic, The New York Times



Panel discussion led by executives from Nest Steering Committee brands in conversation with artisan business leaders representing more than 20 nations around the world

 UNHCR presentation on using craft employment as a tool for liberation from the Refugee crisis

Media Panel discussing media’s role in educating and empowering consumers to support artisan development and innovation

Catered sit-down lunch hosted at the United Nations

Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) discussion led by UN Officer, Simone Cipriani

Grand Unveiling of the Nest Labor Standards for Homes & Small Workshops and Seal of Handworker Wellbeing