The CARE BY ME brand was founded in 2012 by Danish designer, Camilla Gullits. It was her goal to produce a line of clothing and home goods that would be developed in a socially responsible manner at the same time as helping women in developing countries.
Camilla was educated at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. After having had her own consultancy agency for several years, Camilla decided to get back to her design roots – and to help others. Today, Camilla is the Creative Director at CARE BY ME.
At inception, CARE BY ME received assistance from the Danish government, utilizing their Danidaprogramme. After meeting stringent criteria, the government of Denmark provides support to companies like CARE BY ME that are doing business in developing countries and that have a special focus on women and gender equality.
In Nepal, people have always worked with textile. Handmade textile is a large part of the national economy. The materials come from cashmere goats and sheep and are either knitted or woven in the area around Kathmandu. This is where CARE BY ME cooperates with small workshops that use these materials and teach women the ancient crafts.
In Kathmandu, electricity is limited and sporadically available, which is why the CARE BY ME products are produced either on manual hand-knitting machines or on needles by hand. We only use electricity to do the linking of garments. All knitted products from Nepal are certified handmade.
CARE BY ME produces our GOTS certified organic cotton in India. Our partner in India is both GOTS and Fairtrade certified. Whereas, in Nepal we are primarily focused on the social and financial sustainability aspect of production, we have included environmental sustainability in India as well.
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The CARE BY ME vision is based on the UN’s Global Compact Principles.
“The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact - Corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principles-based approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. Responsible businesses enact the same values and principles wherever they have a presence and know that good practices in one area do not offset harm in another. By incorporating the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact into strategies, policies and procedures, and establishing a culture of integrity, companies are not only upholding their basic responsibilities to people and planet, but also setting the stage for long-term success.”
We use these principles to select the initiatives that we embrace each year, in order to continuously diminish our environmental and social footprint as a brand.
By wrapping our yearly initiatives into a concept, we furthermore hope to inspire others to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.
CARE BY ME is a company owned and operated by women designing exclusive products to embrace people in our part of the world, at the same time as they empower women in developing countries. We wish to inspire women all over the world to embrace themselves and each other.
We believe the new luxury can be sustainable, and very much attainable...with a conscience.
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