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Sankh Care Craft is a manufacturer exporter of Fair trade Bags, clothing, furnishings, gifts and kids stuff from India since 1998. We sell our products under brand SANKH- A Hand crafted, many items also recycled. Wholesale and retail from sankh.com
Sankh was inspired by a journey through Desert of Rajasthan, India in 1998 on reconditioned ex-Indian Army Jeep in search of some adventure, founder Manoj, his wife Surekha and her friend drive off to Jaipur to join him in desert of Rajasthan.. After an inspirational trek to Jaisalmer & Aravalli mountain base camp in the wake of the worst storms for a generation, they travelled overland to India for a quick visit that turned into a six month adventure. Sleeping under the stars most nights by the side of the road they quickly developed a passion for this most amazing sub-continent and especially the warm, friendly and hospitable people they met. One day in Rajasthan, they got into conversation with the owner of a small textile business who suggested they went back home to Delhi and started a business. Today Shyam is a lifelong friend and is still one of Sankh's key member.
At the core of Sankh are our suppliers with whom we work very closely. Our criteria for passing them as fair trade producers and hence suitable business partners are based on international fair trade guidelines.
Our philosophy is simple; fantastic, ethically sourced and yet commercial products to maximise sales and therefore maximise benefits to both our suppliers and customers.
All Sankh products are traded fairly
Sankh is still a relatively small business with a strong ethical policy at its core. We are not perfect but we believe our policies are consistent and transparent. We aim to buy from small scale producers who use largely natural materials and traditional techniques to produce beautiful and interesting articles. All Sankh products are fairly traded. We believe that the best way to reduce poverty is through trade.
Sankh seeks to support marginalised small producers and we aim to help workers to move from income insecurity to economic self-sufficiency. The manufacture of goods for Sankh generates income for the local community and we hope that these benefits should enrich the quality of life of the local community.
In developing handicraft and handmade regions, such as Jaipur, Barmer, Jodhpur, Mooradabad, Saharanpur, Amroha, Indore, Delhi and Kolkata, we deal with only primary producers. Many do not have the capital to be able to fulfil the order, so we make an advance payment for materials, workers and whatever else is necessary.
Sankh also buys from some larger enterprises. From the point of view of the workers there can actually be advantages in working for a larger organisation such as greater job security and extra benefits. These might include free healthcare for the worker and their family and free or subsidised education. Many larger suppliers are also able to support community projects. One of our suppliers provides the financial backing for an impressive and well- resourced school in Rajasthan. Another in Mooradabad supports an orphanage providing, amongst other things, a water tank, food and blankets. He also gives his workers grants for festivals, clothes to wear for work, some sick pay and holiday pay. As most of our suppliers are small scale businesses with limited resources, we usually make advance payments for raw materials, workers and whatever else is necessary. We often provide additional funds or make payments earlier when suppliers need money for particular reasons. This has included funding for capital purchases such as land, workshops and machinery.
We invest heavily in travelling to see our suppliers several times a year and speak to them regularly. In addition each supplier is asked to fill out a comprehensive questionnaire which details 38 questions relating to fair trade production standards. We hope that this ensures that all Sankh suppliers meet internationally recognised fair trade standards. We are currently setting up our Office in all manufactured regions to perform spot checks to back up our own visits and ensure that questionnaires are filled in with integrity and honesty and that fair trade standards are actually upheld. Sankh is recognised by D&B, DUNS, the American Dun & BradStreet Association and EPCH, Indian Export Promotion council for Fair Trade Shops as a fair trade exporter.
All Sankh suppliers ensure that their workers are paid a fair price per piece, which is at or above the national average or in accordance with national laws, and we strive to make sure that men and women are paid the same rate. Employees should have security of employment and freedom of association. Sankh tries to order regularly from each producer to maintain continuity of demand. We aim to ensure that no children under the age of 16 are involved in factory based production for Sankh. Many Sankh items are produced by home workers which provides useful additional income whilst allowing them to look after their homes and families.
Sankh provides advance payments for orders when they are asked for or when they are necessary. This ensures that producers do not have to take on debts in order to complete our orders.
Sankh seeks to minimise our impact on the environment. Sankh products all use azo-free dyes. These create a safer working environment and are better for the environment in general. Many of our products are made entirely from recycled materials, which are used wherever possible. We also encourage suppliers to source raw materials locally and to use recycled packaging on their products. Many are now using recycled plastic and recycled cardboard and we aim to get them all doing so.
Sankh supports the Child Rights CampaignsTrust (www.cry.org).
India, Rajasthan, Alwar,301705, G-188, EPIP- II, RIICO INDUSTRIAL AREA, Neemrana