In a world that’s a bit chilly and mundane, we have become increasingly aware of the value of a designer product made entirely by hand using sustainable and environmentally friendly methods.
We believe in people.
The idea for creating Elementos Argentinos emerged as a response to our desire to launch a project where all value chain participants could have fair and equitable relationships (in our case, the value chain extends from the sheep to the planet, once the product has reached its useful life, but also involves spinners, weavers and artisans in between, as well as design and sales teams and those who purchase the products).
Over time we discovered that this was called “Fair Trade,” even though we had been applying this principle ever since we began because we truly believe that it is the right way to do business and conduct our lives.
Our commitment to people and the environment has always been a priority for us, and that approach led to us signing a cultural and commercial partnership with the Sumampa / Adobe Association in 2013, one of the main NGOs in Argentina associated with the textile world, and obtaining International B™ Corporation Certification after more than a year of assessments, reviews and inspections.
The Triple Impact.
B™ Corporations are for-profit companies that meet the highest standards with regard to social and environmental performance, transparency and corporate responsibility, and harness the power of business to develop a more inclusive and sustainable economy.
In order to become a B Corporation, Elementos Argentinos underwent a very thorough and rigorous assessment that considers the company’s positive impact on different areas: workforce, management, environment, community, customers, as well as business model. In addition, we had to make internal changes by incorporating clauses into our manuals where decision-making is bound by our commitment to workers, the community and the environment.
B™ Corporations in Latin America and around the globe are demonstrating that they can do business differently, achieving a triple positive impact: economic, social and environmental.
We are part of a worldwide movement of companies and individuals wanting to build a new economy that strives for the well-being of people, societies and nature by utilizing market forces to solve social and environmental issues.
To date (2019), there are over 2,500 B™ Corporations in more than 130 industries and 60 countries worldwide.
Who grants B™ Certification?
B Lab® is a nonprofit organization that aims to advance a global movement of individuals who use business to create a positive impact on the world. Its initiatives include B Corporation Certification, B Impact Management program administration and support for governance structures like benefit and collective interest companies. B Lab’s vision is to promote an inclusive and sustainable economy capable of creating prosperity for all.
If you have a business or company, we would love for you to join the movement. To do so, we encourage you to complete the B Impact Assessment at https://bimpactassessment.net