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Diversity Policy

 

Woo2dye4 is committed to promoting equality and diversity. We strive to be an inclusive organisation, committed to providing equal opportunities through the people we employ, be it on a permanent, part-time or temporary basis. This extends to everyone: our customers, the mill we spin our yarns with, and other collaborative partners and freelancers. We acknowledge there is always work to be done but we commit to always to put those values at the forefront of our business.

We are very proud to work with Vector Industries on a monthly basis, they provide us all sorts of help should we need it. Vector Industries is a public charity that is self-supporting in day-to-day operations through its contract work for a variety of regional customers. Its aim is to provide employment and training organization for individuals with various disabilities. As such, Vector contributes significantly to our local economy – both directly through its employees and indirectly through partnering with businesses.

Education Sponsorship. Our main source of yarn comes from Peru and we want to make sure that we give back to the communities that provide us without wonderful products. We are very proud to be sponsoring Peruvian children each year for full-time education, when they wouldn't otherwise be able to afford to attend school, these children live in the remote areas of the Mountains in Peru and wouldn't normally have access to a good education. Our sponsorship covers education food and board during the week for 5 children each year.

Andean Handspun Yarn Project. Our Chunky handspun yarns were commissioned in conjunction with our mill in order to support a hand spinning project in the highland communities in Puno. Combining the women's spinning skills with modern yarn designs has created these beautiful handspun yarns which are not only wonderful to dye and knit with but also provide these small highland communities with more trade, enabling them to maintain their way of life as it has been for generations. By supporting this program we are helping to keep their skills alive and also the mountain villages themselves, where sheep and alpaca have been farmed for centuries, keeping families together by giving them the opportunity to earn money without having to move away from rural areas.

Mini Skeins. Often we ask for products to be made by the mill that are a bit outside of the box. Mini Skeins being one of them. One of the mill workers built some winding machines for his wife, and she set up a small company which currently employs 16 young women to make the mini skeins, its a super little company, and when we went to Peru to visit our mill we swung by to take a look at this operation. It was wonderful, and I feel really proud that our business can support such clever businesses, especially when it comes to employing women, who otherwise might not have other opportunities.

We are always looking for ways to support our local and the larger economy and that of the places we purchase our products from, and will always work with our suppliers and customers to do this.