Our Philosophy of Social Responsibility
We believe in the triple baseline principles of sustainable procurement. New England Mercantile Group, LLC (NEMG), TexereSilk.com’s parent company, prides itself in its ethical sourcing philosophy and practice of social responsibility, which includes a well deliberated approach to ethical sourcing. Our philosophy of social responsibility rests upon three basic tenets:
Human and Organizational Relationships
Preservation of Native Cultures and Social Cohesion
We believe that the current paradigm of globalization has too many dimensions that are clearly harmful to human society. Human and ecological mistreatment, unfair trade practices, and product standardization driven by commercial imperatives of consumerism are but a few examples. NEMG intends to be a positive driver of globalization, promoting economic activity that does justice to our long-term ecological and societal interests.
Problems associated with global climate change are well known in our society. Not so commonly known are the threats faced by our world’s cultures. In Brazil alone, during the 20th century, more than 90 tribes are known to have disappeared. Along with them, the knowledge and wisdom gathered over thousands of years that passed through oral tradition from generation to generation also vanished. UNESCO estimates that 96% of the world’s languages are spoken by only 4% of its population; and that one language disappears every two weeks. Linguists predict that of nearly 7,000 known languages in the world today, well over half will cease to exist by the end of the century.
By generating demand for the work of indigenous artisans, NEMG intends to apply principles of sustainability to human as well as environmental issues and concerns.
TexereSilk.com is one such step in that direction.