Training Artisans and Establishing Global Standards

Developing Tools to Enable Economic Growth for Individual Workers in the Global Marketplace

Through the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, Nest has created a global platform for artisan business advancement that allows the organization to replicate and scale its specialized training programs. By leveraging technology and a growing professional, skill-based volunteer program, Nest reaches small family businesses around the world with the tools and training necessary to increase their incomes, and the ability to support their children and families.

At the United Nations, Nest launched the first ever industry-wide Ethical Compliance Standards for production that occurs outside of regulated factories, like homes and small workshops. Nest partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies and eight retail brands to pilot these standards with 11,000 artisans. These standards protect and train artisans and homeworkers in fashion and design supply chains. This has allowed the organization to scale its reach and engage market forces to contribute to greater economic sustainability for artisans and homeworkers worldwide.

Released in May 2019, Nest’s State of the Handworker Economy report shares new descriptive data on artisan small to medium sized enterprises, home-based workers, and the craft economy which are a significant source of employment for women globally. It is a market that reached $526.5 billion in 2017, and is expected to reach $984.8 billion by 2023.


  • Reached more than 188,277 workers in over 70 countries
  • Artisans increased their incomes over the minimum wage by 108 percent