Yellow Leaf Hammocks

Hammocks

San Francisco, California

United States

www.yellowleafhammocks.com

About Yellow Leaf Hammocks

Yellow Leaf Hammocks are 100% hand-woven, customizable hammocks that offer supreme comfort, strength and durability to customers- along with a commitment to cultivating a sustainable economic opportunity for marginalized ethnic groups like the endangered Mlabri Tribe. The core of the company is centered on the Four Pillars of Sustainability- dedicated to nourishing communities by promoting (1) long-term economic health, (2) environmental stewardship, (3) social equity and (4) cultural vitality.

As a social enterprise, Yellow Leaf is a mission-driven, market-based company, focused on building global sales in order to expand its production force and create fair wage jobs for similarly vulnerable groups. To that end, Yellow Leaf is committed to building a world-class lifestyle brand that will help transform consumer perception of fair-trade goods and spread social change through their light-hearted "Do Good. Relax." philosophy. Yellow Leaf customers are encouraged to become part of the "hammocking revolution" that is transforming conditions for weaving communities. As a "whole trade" eco-luxury brand, Yellow Leaf demonstrates that consumers can have it all- the peace of mind that comes with supporting fair wages, the quality of an intricately constructed, technically engineered product, and the financial assurance of paying a fair price.

We became a B Corp because we want to stand united with other values-driven enterprises and share in the collaboration; debate and vision that will help bring market-driven solutions to the world's social ills.

The Change We Seek®

Yellow Leaf is committed to spurring positive social change on all fronts: economic, environmental, social & cultural- all from the comfort of a hammock!

Yellow Leaf Hammocks were first created as a lifeline to pull the Mlabri Tribe back from the brink of extinction. As a hunter-gatherer society with no concept of land ownership or relationship with the outside world, the Mlabri way of life was devastated when the land around them was claimed and deforested. Impoverished, without citizenship, and enslaved by opportunists, their future appeared bleak.

The creation and sale of Yellow Leaf Hammocks has been key to developing a sustainable micro-economy in this region - an opportunity for tribe members to earn a stable income and combat social inequity without resorting to environmental destruction or abandoning their cultural identity. As global sales grow, they will replicate this model, working with other vulnerable groups to achieve similar socio-economic benefits.

By creating a sustainable economic opportunity, they impact the community on every level. Increased employment has a regional ripple effect – Employing one weaver removes an average of five people from contributing to deforestation and toxic farming in Phrae Province. The Mlabri have used their increased financial security to invest in future prosperity through infrastructure investments, building a school and water filtration systems. With a weaver able to support her family, children are able to attend school instead of working alongside their parents. The creation and sale of Yellow Leaf Hammocks is the foundation for a brighter future among the Mlabri and other regional hill tribes.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

May 2011
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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7
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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18
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).

10
N/A
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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17
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
149
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: 

Environment: >75% of company's printed materials use recycled paper content, FSC certified paper, or soy-based inks

Community: 100% of products are sourced from marginalized ethnic groups like the endangered Mlabri Tribe of Thailand

2014 Best for the World Environment

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