|Headquarters||Oakville, Ontario, Canada|
(CEO / Founder)
|Products||Shoes, bags, accessories|
The company was created in 2009 as a small footwear company that partnered with various factories and suppliers in Africa, until they gained enough momentum to open their own factory in 2012. They make every single pair of Oliberté shoes at this factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In September 2013, they also became the world’s first Fair Trade Certified footwear manufacturing factory.
Philanthropy and community programs
For every pair of shoes sold, all workers in the factory earn a percentage of the cost, and when a product leaves the factory, it is considered sold. This additional income is paid directly to a special workers’ account, enabling the workers to decide collectively how to spend it. Workers can also vote to take the Fair Trade premium dollars as a cash bonus, which is often equivalent to an entire month’s salary or more.
Oliberté employs a vertical integration model in their production to ensure that rigorous quality and environmental standards are maintained, and that businesses on the African continent receive the full benefit from the social enterprise.
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