Show Notes In our world of consumerism and instant gratification, it’s no wonder most of us forget to consider the original source of the product itself. For generations, society has been telling us that all that matters are the assets you have, but with a wave of social impact sweeping across the world, we are starting to see more companies and more consumers choosing to buy products with a clean line of production. What does this mean? It means that every piece of the product has come from a certified fair trade factory that is following the guidelines set in place by its certifiers.
In 2015, the United Nations introduced seventeen sustainable goals to transform the world by 2030. My guest this week, Drakshan Khan is here to talk about goal #5, gender inequality. As the CEO and co-founder of AKS Sustainable Sneakers, Drakshan will explain how AKS came about and how they have been able to positively impact the lives of Pakistani women and girls through equal opportunity.
What You’ll Learn Learn how you can get involved and make a difference in the world, just by looking into the item you buy. With a booming ecosystem and socially conscious companies opening up right and left, Drakshan Khen is here to help us better understand the ins-and-outs of fair trade and how we can make a difference.
The Best Quotes Of The Show
“I have a co-founder who is my sister and we share similar values and we have a similar reason for being here. I can’t think of a better partner to have than your own sister!”
“Just like in any country, there are cities that are thriving and more forward-thinking. And in Pakistan, it is no different. There are cities where women are thriving and doing great work but there are areas and rural villages that need more Women’s development.”
“I never thought that I would be an entrepreneur, my background is in finance and economics. I love studying communities and how we can uplift them. So I guess social entrepreneurship was just a natural fit for my calling.”
Learn more about AKS Sustainable Sneakers and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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Make sure you buy organic fair trade cotton when you shop If a product is too cheap, somewhere is suffering somewhere
Join us at the Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference on March 20-22, 2020! They are offering BYC listeners an Earlybird discount valid through Monday 3/2. Just type in EARLYBIRDDISCOUNT at checkout.