Nkuku ensures compliance with the Fair Trade code of conduct by making regular visits to its suppliers as well as maintaining direct relationships with the artisans who create the products. Working conditions for Nkuku workers are safe and to a good standard, workers are paid a decent wage, no children are exploited in the production of the products. Nkuku also works with a number of social projects, co-ops and family businesses. It ensures a dialogue with workers, supports apprenticeship schemes and asks its suppliers to comply with Fair Trade’s Criteria Form.
Nkuku’s environmental mission is to create goods that are made from natural and recycled materials through sustainable methods of production. The company uses recycled materials and natural dyes ‘where possible’; minimises the environmental impact of production and distribution, uses sea freight instead of air freight and ensures fashion items have longevity and are not made to be thrown away. It provides details of all the materials used in its products on its website including jute, cotton paper, wood, glass, metals, hemp, paint dye and recycled saris.
Nkuku uses company profits to invest in charity. It sponsors a young mother in Mancacare, Sri Lanka via Kids Company and The Village of Hopes and Dreams.