bambu has been associated with Green America (previously Co-Op America) since 2005. And as a member of the Green Business Network, bambu was among the first companies in our industry to join with Green America.
Green America supports businesses that reflect these core values -
1. Actively using their business as a tool for positive social change;
2. Operate a "values-driven" based on principles of social justice AND environmental sustainability
3. Environmentally responsible in the way they source, manufacture, and market their products and run their operations and facilities;
4. Socially equitable and committed to extraordinary practices that benefit workers, customers, communities, and the environment; and
5. Accountable for their work by continually improving and tracking their progress, and operating with radical transparency in every facet of their business.
bambu is honored to have received the highest Gold Seal distinction for the company's practices, and approach to business.
Green America asked us to share our story with their members. The following is an excerpt from a recent article that will be published by Green America.
It Is More Than A Product
We consider all aspects of a product from the very beginning of our design process, through to production, sales and marketing. It is a fairly rigorous process,
We have developed several products from waste and excess material. Being on the ground, seeing and knowing the process gives us insights and those 'ah ha' moments, that you cannot get working long distance, remarks owner and co-founder, Rachel Speth.
Sweat the Details. Know Your Supply Chain.
There are many things that cannot be controlled. But the issues that you can, should get your full, unwavering attention, comment co-founder, Jeff Delkin. Double check and triple check, read between the lines. Know what is being said, by not being said. Manufacturing in China and Vietnam is not transparent. It is not easy or clear navigating suppliers from a distance. You will be told what they think you want to hear. You will not have all the facts unless you visit your suppliers. Regular visits, inspecting production, quality checking, instilling labor and environmental requirements and monitoring progress are important. These types of checks and balances are required to ensure transparent and acceptable working practices. And these give a business owner, peace-of-mind and a sense of ownership of responsibility. No matter where you produce, you have a responsibility to know what is going on.
These are just two of several lessons that we have learned along the way of creating a small global brand based on personal values and responsible business practices. To read the entire piece, click here for a pdf of the full article.
Business has the ability and the responsibility to push for positive change. "We firmly believe that socially responsible businesses should lead the way."