Our strategy for sustainability

In Nordic Designers’ Aid we place high demands on ourselves in the sense that all our activities must be ethically sound and sustainable. We have therefore always worked on a consistent strategy for selecting collaborators.
The purpose of our CSR strategy is to have a management tool that ensures that all our activities always meet the highest standards and partly to tell the outside world what to expect from us.
Collaborators: The Designers

We are proud of the large number of skilled Danish designers that cooperate with us by giving us their surplus production, thereby helping to reduce the amount of clothing waste in Denmark.
Nordic Designers’ Aid wish to cooperate with designers and brands that take corporate social responsibility in the following areas:
  • They have a conscious attitude towards CSR and expect their suppliers to commit to their Code of Conduct
  • They manufacture high quality clothing to ensure long durability
  • Their attitude towards ethics and sustainability is reflected in their choice of production methods and producers
  • They have a limited number of annual collections produced in a limited amount in order to avoid clothing waste and overproduction
Collaborators: South Africa
Over the years, we have worked with many different institutions and social entrepreneurs in South Africa. What they all have in common is that they, like us, work with socially and financially disadvantaged groups and that they focus on the facilitation of dialogue and interaction to transgress social division and foster understanding, respect and tolerance.
Nordic Designers’ Aid wish to cooperate with organizations that take corporate social responsibility in the following areas:
They work to build strong communities where the youth are leading the way forward towards a positive change – giving them the strength to break free from poverty, patterns of dependency and a negative mindset.
  • Their work is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable
  • Their primary field of work is a charitable not for profit-work
  • They do not receive bribes or require unfair financial compensation for their work
Environmentally sustainable organization
Nordic Designers’ Aid takes corporate responsibility by being aware of the environmental challenges our work entails. We do this as follows:
  • We have a co2 neutral website
  • We buy co2 quotas for all transports and journeys between Denmark and South Africa.
Economically sustainable organization
Nordic Designers’ Aid wishes the economic benefits of our activities in Denmark and South Africa to go entirely to social work. Therefore, our work is based on voluntary labor, sponsorships and donations. Our financial strategy therefore looks like this:
  •  All board members work voluntarily
  • We receive all clothing from the designers as donations
  • All who help with sorting, sewing and packing the donated clothes work voluntarily, with the exemption of a handful of local women that we employ. In this way we enable them to earn an income for themselves and their families
  • Our warehouse spaces in Denmark and South Africa are sponsored
  • The clothes are being sold in conjunction with our fashion fundraisers in South Africa. Revenue from sales goes untouched to social projects
  • The membership fee ensures that there are funds for necessary expenses for the association in Denmark
  • Our fashion fundraisers are arranged and implemented by Nordic Designers’ Aids volunteer employees in South Africa
  • We pay for our website for transportation and travel to South Africa and for co2 quotas. The money for this does not come from membership quotas or fashion fundraisers, but from sponsorships.
Donations and Fashion fundraisers
In Nordic Designers’ Aid we have chosen to sell the clothes we receive at pop-up events, which we call Fashion fundraisers. We arrange and implement these events ourselves. The reason we work with donations of surplus production and with events are:
  • We ensure that the donated clothing is not sent to incineration, and thus strains the environment further
  • We avoid unnecessary expenses for retail premises. Thus, revenue from sales can go untouched to our social work
  • We sell the clothes instead of giving it away because there is no lack of clothing but lack of civil society programs in our focus area.
  • We receive and sell only high-quality clothing that has been ethically produced because, we do not want to contribute to the undermining of the South African clothing industry which, today is dumped by cheap mass produced clothing from Asia and used clothing from the West.