Mara's Response to COVID-19
Dear Friends and Family,
I am committed to protecting my employees, our partners, community and planet. While we are vigilant and careful with the quickly evolving situation, we are still focused on our greater purpose—to deliver you beauty and empowerment through design, while creating with care for the health of this planet and its inhabitants. At this time, this means being in constant communication with our distribution center and delivery services, to ensure the wellbeing of their workers as well as all of those in our supply chain.
Thank you for supporting our small but mighty business as we weather this together. We are grateful to our customers and business partners for allowing us to continue to do our work, and know that we are here to be of service in all the ways that we can. We hope you can find the time and focus to let fear go, even if just for a minute, and connect to stillness, peace, and comfort.
In Gratitude and LOVE always,
We recognize and respect the variety of legal and cultural environments in which factories operate throughout the world. These guidelines outline the basic requirements that all factories must meet in order to do business with us, in accordance with internationally accepted standards.
We believe that no business should ever be complicit in human rights abuses. We promote greater responsibility and encourage the development and use of environmentally friendly technologies wherever possible. We seek to apply both the letter and the spirit of all applicable local laws and to promote continuous improvements throughout our operations. Our business partners are held to these same standards, and we actively seek partners who share our beliefs. We recognize that our own business practices can impact our business partners’ ability to implement these guidelines, and we commit to addressing any challenges for following these guidelines. Business partners agree to take responsibility for their behaviors related to the guidelines, to seek the root cause of problems when they are found, and to build management systems that prevent problems from reoccurring.
Legal and Ethical Standards
Wages, benefits, working hours, and transparent record keeping
Health and safety
Forced or bonded labor
Freedom of association and collective bargaining
Traceability and material sourcing
Mara Hoffman Inc. is committed to sourcing wool that meets the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS). The RWS addresses animal welfare, land management, and traceability. The standard recognizes the best practices of farmers around the globe, creates an industry benchmark for animal care and land management to drive improvement where needed and ensures that wool comes from farms with a progressive approach to managing their land, and from sheep that have been treated responsibly. This also helps to provide a robust chain of custody system from farm to final product.
Wool must not be sourced from mulesed sheep. Mulesing is a practice used to combat the infection caused by a particular fly (the blowfly), but it harms the animals in the process. Non-mulesing certification must be provided.