Many companies ride the ‘green’ wave and embrace giving back in various ways, but there’s only a select few that really go above and beyond– intentionally shaping their business initiatives to passionately tackle the social and environmental challenges of today. Nisolo is a B Corporation (also known as a B Corp), which is a for-profit company that dedicates its resources and business objectives towards operating at a higher standard for the greater global good. The process for earning certification as a B Corp is rigorous, and involves a top-to-bottom review of a company’s level of social impact, accountability, manufacturing practices, and transparency. In its ethical production of leather goods, handcrafted shoes, jewelry and accessories, Nisolo recognizes there’s much more to running a company than just turning a profit. With business roots firmly planted in Mexico, Kenya and Peru, all Nisolo producers earn above fair trade wages through full-time, sustainable employment, as well as benefit from programs centered on education, skills training, gender equality and healthcare.
Your Nisolo purchases support the brand’s continued goal of reshaping the fashion industry’s contribution to the greater good of the planet, and the lives of producers and customers alike. To get you started, new customers enjoy a 20% discount that can be used towards the purchase of Nisolo goods, such as the waxed cotton canvas Loreto Messenger Bag, a pair of men’s oak-colored Calano Oxfords, or the classic look of a Tiny Brass Bead Bracelet. When making your first purchase, use promo code NEWGIVING20 at checkout.
Shoes (even old, worn-out ones) have the power to transform lives. Available to U.S. customers only, score a $30 credit on your next pair of Nisolos when you donate a pair of used footwear to the Soles4Souls X Nisolo joint project. Donated shoes are given to micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries, which they clean, repair and resell locally. Not only do old shoes get a new lease on life, but the reuse of materials and goods reduces landfill waste, as well as supports communities in need. With your help, Nisolo comes closer to reaching their goal of collecting at least 5,000 pairs of shoes by 2020 through this Soles4Souls collaboration.
Handcrafted in an ethical factory in Peru that’s owned and operated by Nisolo, you have until the end of the year to take an extra 10% off of Ecuador Huaraches. Made with soft, hand-cut leather, this best-selling sandal actually molds to the shape of your foot – creating an ultra-comfortable, custom fit. Don’t miss out on this discount! This offer is valid until 12/31. Your purchases also play a role in the brand’s continued success, which produces long-term effects that Nisolo producers and their communities experience through the following:
- Programs that Enhance a Producers’ Quality of Life: The factory that Nisolo owns and operates in Trujillo is situated in what is known as the shoemaking capital of Peru. In-house financial literacy training; the option to request salary advances; and having access to adequate banking services all help build a stable foundation for producers; some of whom are now managing first-time bank accounts. Skills training, physical education, and even yoga classes are also available to producers and their families. Nisolo programs also result in families turning out first-generation university graduates.
- Fair Wages and Healthy Working Conditions in Partner Factories: All producers must be 18 years or older, work in safe environments, and receive healthcare in order to collaborate with Nisolo. Staff personally visits partner factories multiple times a year to strengthen ties and confirm high standards are being met. Producers in partner factories, such as the leatherworking and shoemaking artisans in León, Mexico, earn a minimum of 27% beyond fair trade wage requirements; some entry-level producers receive up to 74% more.
- Empowered Independent Artisans: Nisolo values the art of “generational craftsmanship,” and works closely with small, independent artisans – helping them grow their businesses and expand their ability to produce goods. To increase opportunities for locals to thrive in low-income environments, the company provides free business counseling and makes it easier for artisans to connect with worldwide buyers.
In a nutshell, Nisolo holds the distinction of being B Corp Certified, produces ethically made, intentionally designed goods sold at a fair price, and supports programs which generate positive effects that resonate throughout entire communities. All of this makes the brand one that significantly aligns with our mission to increase purposeful shopping experiences around the world. The opportunities to save with this brand are also plentiful, which is why it’s in your best interest to download our Giving Assistant Button to keep up with the latest Nisolo coupon codes.