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Get To Know: Apolis

Apolis partners with communities and cooperatives to co-create products, investing in the production and introducing the finished products to a global marketplace - through a process that Apolis calls "advocacy through industry."
  • Job Creation
  • Multi-Region
HOW IT HELPS:
WHERE IT HELPS:
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  • Job Creation
  • Multi-Region
  • Peru
  • Uganda
  • USA
  • Bangladesh
  • Nepal

Meet the Founders

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Shea Parton, Raan Parton

DESCRIBE YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF "ADVOCACY THROUGH INDUSTRY."

Raan: We are rethinking the proverb: “Teach a man how to fish rather than give a man a fish.” We have discovered that even the best fisherman is going to need great bait and a large pond to truly succeed. We believe that people can live better lives when they are given equal access to the global marketplace.

 

HOW DO YOU TRACK SUCCESS?

Shea: We study the economic impact of our products. Take for example our jute market bags. They’re manufactured in Bangladesh, and in 2012 they created 220 days of work for 21 artisans, mostly women. Their employer, Saidpur Enterprises, also provides them with literacy classes and training about finance and nutrition.

 

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN MANUFACTURING PARTNERS?

Shea: Quality is important. Treating employees fairly is important. Also important is an open channel of communication. We believe in taking equal responsibility with our partners for all successes and failures.

 

EVERY ARTICLE OF CLOTHING YOU MAKE HAS A RED CROSS-STITCH. WHAT DOES THAT REPRESENT?

Raan: We think of it as the common thread that connects all global citizens committed to quality and change.