PRESS RELEASE BY STAFFORDSHIRE CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE
3 Nov 2015
Staffordshire Chambers supports member businesses to be socially responsible
MORE and more Staffordshire businesses are striving to make a positive impact on
people, not just profits, as they embrace the concept of corporate social
Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce has teamed up with Trading for Good, a non-
profit organisation, to help its members give something back to society, whether
through charity work, ethical practices or by doing business in a more socially
Trading for Good provides a digital platform that shows what businesses have
contributed to society. The portal allows chamber members to add their activities to
the website and have them endorsed by businesses, charities and other people in a
clear visual format.
As well as being a useful tool for documenting and reporting corporate social
responsibility (CSR) activities, Trading for Good can be used as a valuable account
of a business’s social value that can be used when bidding for work, sourcing
suppliers or seeking an organisation with similar values.
Chief Executive of Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, Sara Williams, explained:
“We are encouraging all of our members to make the most of this exciting platform.
Staffordshire Chambers prides itself on being an ethical organisation that makes a
positive contribution to our communities. We know that our members share these
values and are equally passionate about having a positive impact on society. They
are doing brilliant things for people every day and Trading for Good allows them to
celebrate and capture this activity.
“Trading for Good can teach and aid the running of a socially responsible business,
enhancing the reputation of member businesses, promoting ethical behaviour and
helping people to connect with like-minded businesses. This platform will help
towards winning contracts and gaining trusted relationships with other socially
Staffordshire Chambers members, Newcastle-under-Lyme based Little Trove is
already making full use of Trading for Good. The company, which is a wholesaler of
fair trade home furnishings, bags and jewellery, uses the platform to showcase its
work with poor communities in India, enabling it to stand out from other businesses.
Ramona Hirschi, Founder and Managing Director at Little Trove said: “Our ethos is
about using business to create positive change in poor communities and Trading for
Good enables us to showcase all our good work on one, easy-to-use, platform. We
believe that we will gain more business by showing customers the added social
value of their purchase.”
Valentine Clays Ltd is another valued chambers member who has jumped on board
the platform to represent the work that they do within the Staffordshire community.
The business is a world leading clay manufacturer and raw material supplier to
studio potters, the education sector and the ceramics industry.
The Stoke-on-Trent manufacturer has worked directly with the studio potter
community over the last 35 years. This enables local workers to thrive and succeed
in their sector. Where possible they try to use local, small, family run businesses with
similar ethics and business practice, which ensures that they maintain a great
Hannah Ault, Sales and Marketing Director at Valentine Clays, said: “The Trading for
Good platform is a great idea for companies such as ourselves to enable us to
monitor our Corporate Social Responsibility, and to ensure that as a small business
we maintain our company’s philosophy of helping to promote the ceramics industry
as much as possible”
21 September 2015
Creating a micro-economy where pure aid has failed
Little Trove’s Weaving & Sustainable Food Project: Helping victims of leprosy create a sustainable business and food source.
“The inhabitants have received charity for decades but are still poor, hungry and lack employment prospects. Our sustainable weaving and food project is designed to create an economy where none exists”
Little Trove, a UK fair trade business, is assisting a group of villagers at Bethany Leprosy Colony (India) create a weaving business to produce high quality handwoven products for the Western market.
The project creates employment, income and restore self-confidence and dignity.
Initially focusing on bags, Little Trove uses their traditional weaving skills and adds design advice and mentoring to create appealing items for the West.
Prior to Little Trove’s involvement in 2013, the inhabitants were largely unemployed, but now receive an income and supply their bags to retail shops across the UK and Finland.
The weavers have started building a workshop to employ 14 – 16 women to weave bags and other home furnishing products.
Many families are destitute, scrounging for food and begging in nearby towns, when they once received charitable aid.
Little Trove, in collaboration with UK charity Operation Orphan have also launched a sustainable food project to create a “renewable” food source for the village.
“The inhabitants have received charity for decades but are still poor, hungry and lack employment prospects due to stigma attached to leprosy in India. Our sustainable weaving and food project is designed to create an economy where none exists” says Ramona Hirschi, Founder of Little Trove.
The sustainable food project involves the rearing of chickens and planting of banana trees to feed the poorest families and once successful, the renting of land for cultivation of potatoes, vegetables and watermelons, by the villagers themselves.
The villagers will be able to work the land, feed themselves and sell any surplus food in the nearby market.
Little Trove is a UK fair trade business seeking to empower people in developing countries out of poverty, through trade.
For more information please contact Ramona Hirschi, Founder & Managing Director
Tel: 01782 922536
April 15, 2015
Be part of the new Design Trend at Pulse: Changing Lives
Come see Ramona at stand K53 in the Living section of the show.
Little Trove (www.littletrove.com) is a British fair trade social enterprise seeking to empower people in developing countries out of poverty, through trade. We do this by selling beautiful, contemporary fair trade products, ethically sourced, and reinvesting the profits back into the local supplier communities. So when you buy through Little Trove, you not only get stunning artisan-crafted home-living products, you make a direct difference to the lives of the people who made them.
Consider just some of the artisan communities we source from and help:
- The Red Light Anti Human Trafficking Initiative in South Africa. Their exquisite Ruth’s Heart range of handmade jewellery is handmade by women who have been freed from human trafficking and now have this sustainable work that reflect their own transformation and through which they tell their own stories.
- Village Hands International, a part of the Bethany Leprosy Colony in Andhra Pradesh, India. The group consists mainly of women who create for you delicately hand-weaved bags.
AND INTRODUCING “Fab Himalaya”: The Himalayan Women’s Co-op is a non-government, non-profitable organisation working for the welfare of handicraft artisans and handloom weavers in the tribal region of Western Indian Himalaya. Exhibiting around the world, we are both proud and excited to bring their range of exquisitely hand woven stoles, pashminas, bags and purses to Pulse. The emphasis is on modern designs that preserve tribal design elements. And of course, all their products are ethically sourced, with proceeds providing much needed employment and investment in this remote and beautiful area of the world.
At Little Trove we are committed to three things: giving you the best products our artisans can make, offering the very best service we can give, and doing our bit to empower impoverished people around the world. We’d love to have you join us on this journey of transformation. Come to stand K53 in the Living section of the show, and let us show you how design can change the world.
For media enquiries, please contact Ramona Hirschi, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01782 922536.
April 2, 2015
Little Trove is the exclusive UK distributor of The Red Light initiatives’ Ruth’s Heart range of handmade jewellery. This jewellery will be exhibited for the first time in London at Pulse (May 10 – 12) at the Olympia. This exquisite jewellery is handmade by women who have been freed or are trying to free themselves from human trafficking and now have this sustainable work. The ladies collect fallen bark and transform them into iconic heart-inspired jewellery. Little Trove imports their handicrafts to generate much needed sales income for the trafficking survivors. Others on the ground are helping with social and medical care. Says Ramona Hirschi, Founder of Little Trove: “the recycling of the bark parallels the women’s lives. A once rejected thing is rescued and loved and made beautiful with a new purpose.”
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