One of the hardest things about running a social enterprise/not-for-profit is proving that what you're doing is good and the hard-earned money that customers are giving to you is actually going to the cause. Below are certifications that we currently have, and ones that we are working towards obtaining in 2021.
To legitimise our social giving, we became a registered Charity and Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) in 2020.
Having a registered Charitable arm means that whatever money goes into it, must be used towards our social cause. We are audited every year to ensure that the funds are reaching the desired outcome.
Ethical Clothing Australia:
By the end of 2021, all of our socks will be made locally in Australia. We do not make the socks ourselves, but we do source our manufacturers seriously. Our manufacturer is certified with Ethical Clothing Australia.
This certification means that all of the workers involved in the supply chain are being paid properly, receiving all their legal working entitlements and are working in safe conditions.
To find out more about Ethical Clothing Australia, you can click here
Social Traders is an Australian accreditation aimed at growing social enterprise procurement and generating real positive, sustainable social impact across the world.
By being accredited with this logo, we’re able to show that what we do does make a real difference in the world. Our followers and customers can be confident knowing that their money is going towards real social issues and that we are in business to positively impact the world.
Sustainable Development Goals
1. No Poverty
Target 1.1 - By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day
Target 1.2 - By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions
How we're helping - The average income of an amputee without care in a low-income country is well below $1.25/day. By providing amputees with limbs, they are able to obtain more substantial work, and help provide for their families, raising them and their families above the poverty line.
3. Good Health & Wellbeing
Target 3.4 - Reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases (diabetes) through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being
Target 3.8 - Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines
How we're helping - Amputation is a common effect of diabetes and cardiovascular disease and mortality following amputation ranges from 60-80% after 5 years without proper care. By providing access to quality and essential orthopaedic services, we can help reduce premature morbidity from these diseases.
4. Quality Education
Target 4.5 - By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations
How we're helping - In many low-income countries, amputees are shunned from their communities and are rarely allowed to attend school. Travelling to and from school is also extremely difficult, as many children travel 5km or further per day by foot to attend. By providing orthopedic care, we give amputees the ability to travel to school, and to fit in their communities.
5. Gender Equality
Target 5.1 - End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.
Target 5.2 - Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
How we're helping - Female amputees are subject to a life of discrimination, violence and exploitation. Many amputees end up in sexual trafficking or are bought and used as beggers in the streets. By providing orthopedic care, we're helping to give women a chance at a better life without discrimination, exploitation and violence.
8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
Target 8.5 - Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.
Target 8.6 - Substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training
Target 8.7 - Eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour.
How we're helping - By providing free orthopedic care, we're able to increase the amount of amputees that can obtain employment and enter education or training. Amputees without care are subject to modern slavery and human trafficking.
10. Reduce Inequalities
Target 10.1 - Progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the national average
Target 10.2 - Empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status
How we're helping - By providing orthopedic care, amputees are, for the first time, able to obtain better-paying jobs which substantially increases their annual incomes. Many will be taken above the poverty line. There is still a cultural disposition in many low-income countries to discriminate against the physically disabled. By spreading awareness of our cause, we're working towards promoting inclusion for all.