Pursuing the Potential
Since 2010, Ethiopia has been one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and the fastest growing economy in Africa. It’s also home to one of the oldest civilizations on earth and birthplace to our beloved coffee. It’s fair to say that in the last thirty years Ethiopia has come a long way. It’s no longer exclusively the country of starving mothers and infants, as originally depicted on the cover of Time magazine in 1987, but rather a young vibrant community brimming with potential. At Parker Clay we are proud to make 100% of our products in Ethiopia, with premium Ethiopian leather, allowing the potential to thrive.
While progress in Ethiopia is evident, problems still exist...
Women Are in Prostitutionin Addis Ababa
Of Women Are Unemployedin Addis Ababa
* CSA, 2018 Data
Children are Orphanedin Ethiopia
It’s currently estimated that over 150,000 women are in prostitution in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. Girls as young as 8 years old are lured into prostitution, young women are exploited and trafficked within the country and around the world thinking they are heading towards opportunity yet often enslaved.
Explore the ways we are making an impact...
Our Factory & People
As of 2019, we have over 130 employees in our factory in Ethiopia 96 of those employees are women, and 32 of these women have been hired out of prostitution through our partnership with Ellilta Women at Risk, and we are just getting started. By the end of 2020, our goal is to hire over 100 more women, with the majority coming from the Ellilta Women at Risk program, fighting to bring even more women out of prostitution.
Empowered Women Change the World
We believe that exploitation and abuse should not, can not, be the only option available to young women looking to provide for themselves. As Sheryl WuDunn writes in Half the Sky, “When you educate a girl, there is a ripple effect that goes beyond what you would get from a normal investment… When you educate a girl, you educate a village.”
Parker Clay is a Certified B Corp
B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
Fashion on Purpose
For centuries the fashion industry has celebrated the consumer at the expense of the workers. From the beginning of Parker Clay, our dream was of a future where the same value to consumers existed while also providing deep and lasting value to our workers, making visible the invisible threads which bring us together. We aim to celebrate people on both sides.
Our labor contracts are based on USD to protect from currency devaluation.
We protect our workers from inflation by reevaluating the cost of a basket of goods and services each year.
Through our Center of Excellence we provide training & a path to progress for our employees to reach their full potential.