Find out more about the social business set up by Okaïdi in Bangladesh in partnership with the ÏDKIDS foundation.
As part of its commitment to We Act For Kids and to increase its impact, ÏDKIDS is doing business differently by putting people first. We work every day to make our timeless, high-quality products available to as many people as possible, mainly through our suppliers’ careful sourcing, some of which takes place in Bangladesh. As part of our social responsibilities, our partners are subject to a rigorous selection process and we help factories make advances in human rights and international labour regulations. We ensure their processes are compliant through regular audits carried out by independent third parties.
In 2014 we also founded a social business with the ÏDKIDS foundation in partnership with Grameen Shikha, an NGO helping women living in the slums to find work and their children to receive an education.
How the social business works: first we collect surplus clothing produced by our partner suppliers. This is then resold by a network of women known as “the ladies” via the social enterprises Grameen Distribution and Jita. Keen to work for a living, the ladies resell the items for modest sums in remote Bangladeshi villages.
The revenue raised by the social enterprises helps to finance educational programmes for children living in Dhaka’s slums:
Since this social business was created:
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Our goals for the coming year are to grow our partnerships with our suppliers, other foundations and other brands; encourage ÏDKIDS employees to raise funds to educate secondary school children; and create a complete education system for the most vulnerable children.
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