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Event Recap: The Future of Sustainable Sourcing

By Ulrike Hoessle

From the coffee you sip in the morning, to the soaps you use, to the clothes you wear, the core components of many of the products you use every day come from all over the world.

On June 21st, Global Washington hosted an event to discuss how non-profits and for-profits can work together to improve sustainability in corporate supply chains. The event moderator, James Bernard, from consulting firm Resonance, reminded the audience in his opening remarks how globally interconnected our daily lives are. Read More

Who Makes What I Buy?

By Anneli Jefferson and Ilse de Villiers

Anneli Jefferson and Ilse de Villiers are founders of Largesse, a mission-driven business that specializes in curating handmade, eco-conscious and/or fairly traded corporate gifts.

Corporate gifts and promotional products have the purpose of creating brand awareness and strengthening relationships. This multi-billion-dollar industry has traditionally been one of ease, speed, and low-cost mass-production, often with little regard for the environment. Yet change is in the air.

Millennials, who will represent almost half of the recipients of these products and gifts within ten years, are more conscious about the impact of consumer goods. They want to know where things come from and are asking the question: “Who makes what I buy?” Read More

Spreeha Foundation Responds to Intense Flooding of Rohingya Refugee Camps in Bangladesh

Ferdouse Oneza, CEO of Spreeha Foundation recently provided an update from her visit to Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. Her organization, Spreeha, was recently selected by students at the University of Washington to receive a grant of $25,000 to assist with its response to the Rohingya refugee crisis.

“We visited two camps, one in Unciprang, where we already have two early childhood development centers, and another in Balukhali, where we are considering providing additional services,” writes Oneza. Read More