Bunte Markhor Values
Colourful Markhor is the home of ethically produced homewares and accessories, where traditional Pakistani craftsmanship meets contemporary aesthetics.
Everything we do, including our supply chain management, is guided by a set of defined values that we uphold with utmost honesty and integrity. These values include our commitment to craft conservation, craft development, operating as an ethical business and contributing to social mobility for craft workers in both quantitative and qualitative terms.
Below are some of our values and commitments to make Bunte Markhor a platform that values traditional and indigenous crafts, honours artisans, works within the ethical boundaries defined below and is committed to social mobility at every step.
COLOURFUL MARKHOR, THE COMPANY
- Make environmentally friendly and sustainable choices whenever possible; this includes keeping plastic use to a minimum, using recycled paper and carbon neutral shipping.
- Recognise that no one is perfect and there is always room to learn and improve. Be open to dialogue and adaptation to newer, better practices.
- Provide a work environment that promotes diversity, respect and open communication and is consistent with the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation's fundamental conventions.
WORKING WITH SUPPLIERS AND ARTISANS
- We come with provenance and are transparent as well as honest in our communication about the origin and producers of our products.
- We are committed to fair pricing and timely payment to every supplier. No exceptions.
- Commitment to promoting Pakistani handicrafts and the stories of artisans and traditional manufacturing processes.
- We also work with established businesses in Pakistan that work with local artisans, including local brands, non-governmental organisations and non-profit institutions.
- We ensure that the suppliers we work with produce in a safe and ethical environment. This includes the availability of basic amenities for their employees such as water and toilet facilities, no child or/and forced labour, fair and timely wages and acceptable working hours.
SUPPORT FOR SOCIAL MOBILITY
- To financially enable artisans in Pakistan to continue to create and keep traditional and indigenous crafts alive by promoting their goods throughout Europe and creating a steady income stream.
- Donating 5% of profits from each sale to fund education for underprivileged children (10-16 years) in Pakistan through The Citizens Foundation Pakistan, a professionally run non-profit organisation founded in 1995 by a group of citizens who wanted to bring about positive social change through education. 25 years later, TCF is now one of Pakistan's leading organisations in the field of education for the less privileged.
- We are actively developing our own programme for the education of transgender children in Pakistan, who are one of the most marginalised, underrepresented and oppressed groups in society. Equipping them with education is a long-held desire and one of the first social mobility projects led by Bunte Markhor to be launched by the end of 2022.