Sahrai – Corporate Social Responsibility
When it comes to manufacturing, sustainability is one of Sahrai’s core values. It is something we believe in very firmly and are very keen to promote across the industry.
Carpet weaving has been a craft that has historically been passed from one generation to the next and sustained many families of carpet weavers. The growth of this craft has given birth to a whole industry, making the concept of sustainability critical. Without a sustainable approach, this industry could not have reached the levels of innovation that it has reached today.
The Sahrai family has been working with luxury designer rugs and textiles for five generations. We sincerely appreciate working with new methods and techniques while still retaining core traditions and values. Naturally, we want to ensure every piece we produce is ethical, responsible and promotes sustainability. We understand the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility and as a part of this industry, we want to be amongst those leading the way in this area.
Our Ateliers have been vetted and are regularly inspected to ensure that none of the materials and the processes deployed in the manufacturing of the rugs are in any way harmful to the environment.
We are very sensitive to the welfare of children and strictly forbid child-labour in our Ateliers. We carry out regular inspections to ensure that this is the case and that our staff and employees are treated with the utmost respect.
We are closely involved with the charity Children in Crisis (Reg. Charity No. 1020488) and have been supporting their projects for many years. The charity’s mission is to improve the well-being of children who have been deprived. By providing a necessary education, Children In Crisis aim to empower them and provide greater independence.
Children in Crisis’ work is carried out in some of the toughest areas of the world where children are kept out of education because of their background, disability or gender.
Children in Crisis work closely with local organisations and communities to reach children in some of the most remote and most dangerous areas. Given the involvement of the communities, the improvement brought by Children in Crisis is maintained long after they are gone. Currently, the charity is building a school in Congo and we are sponsoring that project. There are also plans for sponsoring the building of two more schools in Nepal.
The living conditions of children is a subject very close to the heart of our family. We strongly believe that everyone should be given the best chance in life. Children in Crisis’ work is also very much aligned with our ethos of sustainability. They have had tremendous achievements in some of the most difficult countries in the world which have suffered because of war, poverty and remoteness:
- Afghanistan - Where they stayed throughout the Taliban regime, educating children who would have otherwise been robbed of their chance to learn.
- Nepal - Engaging some of the most marginalised communities where a child’s chance of education is slim.
- Democratic Republic of Congo – Teaching life skills to children in the most remote parts affected by the civil war for many years. Helping Burundian refugees (mostly teenagers) settle and provide education.
- Sierra Leone – Collaborating with the local organisation, Welfare Society for the Disabled, providing care and access to education for disabled children.
- Liberia – Providing vocational training for adults and education in the remote parts of this impoverished country.