Aloetree has compiled a list of resources we find interesting and informative - take a look to learn more about trafficking, fair trade, and social enterprises! Aloetree is from Washington [DC], so we've highlighted our local resources for anyone else nearby!
Aloetree is a benefit corporation, a special designation for companies committed to creating a social good and being environmentally sustainable. Every year Aloetree produces a report evaluating its efforts in creating a general public benefit. Check out the report here. You'll find information on our product sourcing, donation program, sustainability efforts, and our plans for Aloetree in the coming year!
Trafficking in Persons Report is an annual report published by the US State Department which provides general and country-specific information about trafficking. Aloetree is currently raising money to fight child trafficking in Cambodia, and this is a great resource to learn about the problems and current efforts in the country.
UNBOUND DC is an annual event which Aloetree participated in this year. Through a walk and fair, Unbound aims to raise money to benefit anti-trafficking organizations. [DC]
Chab Dai is a coalition of anti-trafficking organizations, with projects in Cambodia, the US, and Canada. As well as raising awareness about trafficking, Chab Dai conducts research studies and supports on-the-ground prevention and protection initiatives. Aloetree is dedicated to supporting Chab Dai's efforts, and a portion of all sales go to Chab Dai in order for them to keep up the amazing work!
UNICEF - the United Nations Children's Fund - is a UN program dedicated to providing humanitarian aid to children throughout the world. Aloetree not only loves UNICEF's work, but also endeavors to participate in events they sponsor, such as the Green Steps Media's 1st Annual Fashion Show in October 2013.
Do A Little Good is an organization which brings together busy moms and provides them with events, opportunities, and ideas on how to address the problem of human trafficking. Aloetree will be participating in their 2013 Holiday Shop, which brings together other social enterprises to sell their goods for the holiday season! [DC]
B Lab is an organization whose mission is to change the way businesses think about success. B Lab supports businesses which considers social and environmental factors in all of its decision-making, and strives to positively impact society and the environment in every aspect of its business practices. The B Corporation website has great information on existing B Corps and guides on how to start the process in B Corp certification. Aloetree is a benefit corporation and our next goal is to be a certified B Corp, something we hope to do soon!
The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) is a global organization made up of over 350 member groups promoting fair trade and the wellbeing of producers worldwide.
The Fair Trade Federation (FTF) is a North American organization advocating for fair trade practices for American companies. After a couple years of operation Aloetree hopes to become a member of the FTF!
The Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) are a set of ecological and social standards for organic products, with the purpose to recognize and provide credibility companies which adhere to these standards. All of Aloetree products are GOTS certified!
Freeset is a clothing and manufacturing business in Kolkata which employs survivors of trafficking. Freeset is 100% organic and fair trade, and works to ensure stability and a safe environment for women they employ. Aloetree works with Freeset to make our t-shirts.
Volunteer Match is a comprehensive listing of volunteer opportunities throughout the US. Search "children" in their database for volunteer opportunities for your young ones. You can also search by city, and cause - animal, children and youth, environment, education and literacy, to name a few!
Meals on Wheels, a nutrition program that delivers meals to the doors of homebound elderly, offers volunteer opportunities throughout the US. Although only adults can participate in most of the volunteer roles, children are often allowed to tag along on deliveries with their parents. This is a great opportunity for your child to see different parts of their area, and meet different members of their community.
Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Washington DC welcomes young volunteers through their "Lucky Kids Club" program. Children here can volunteer to help with fundraising initiatives, education projects, and events. If you're not in DC, look up your local shelters. Although most shelter volunteers must be 18 years or older, often shelters will have separate programs for their younger helpers. [DC]