Wakami

Handmade jewlery

Guatemala, Guatemala

Guatemala

www.wakami.net

About Kiej de los Bosques, S.A.

Kiej de los Bosques S.A. is a socially conscious enterprise that designs, develops and sells handmade fashion accessories. Its mission is to generate income for rural artisans that, despite having great knowledge and potential, are disconnected from markets. Kiej believes in the power of dreams as the generator of inspiration and the market forces as the source of sustained prosperity. It dreams of a world where diversity is celebrated, rights and responsibilities are treasured, and prosperity and security are attainable for all.

 

To sell its products, Kiej has created a value chain that goes from rural enterprises in Guatemala to Exclusive Importers in different regions of the world.  Kiej has the role of designing, developing and selling products, while its partner organization Communities of the Earth plays the role of coaching and training the rural groups to become legalized enterprises that supply the value chain with handcrafted products.

Its brand Wakami represents a rustic, yet urban lifestyle and encourages people to connect with one another, the Earth, and their dreams, through its tag line: Be your dream.

Since we overviewed the principals and foundation of B Corp, we felt included immediately.  We share B Corp's spirit and we wanted to be a part of it. We would like to find stakeholders that can appreciate what we do and measure what we do in all its extent…people that think it is time to “redefine success in business,” as B Corp states.

The Change We Seek®

Kiej de los Bosques wants to inspire people - not only to dream - but to become their dream. Markets are the source of global prosperity. Products are meaningful to the people that produce them and to those who use and consume them.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

July 2013
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

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Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

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Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

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Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

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Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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Overall B Score
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55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Employees: Offers over three months paid maternity leave; internal and external managerial training for non-managerial workers; savings program offered to all workers.

Community: Majority women-owned and women-managed; supports local non-profits and scholarships; over 30,000 hours of community service and volunteer work donated across the company last year; average significant supplier relationship lasts longer than five years; 78% of suppliers located within a 200 mile radius.

Environment: Buys from suppliers who use renewable energy and recycled water.

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