Fair Trade & Ethical sourcing
Trading fairly with our suppliers
Every Myakka product you choose is useful, beautiful, dependable and enduring. That way, fair trade is neither a charity nor a compromise but a real delight you’ll be proud to welcome into your home. Between Myakka and our main suppliers in India, Vietnam and Thailand, we negotiate fair and proper prices and we pay for our furniture as each shipment sets sail. No waiting, no cash flow issues, no financial juggling. We’ve been working together for years now, and the way we work means we’re a big part of the progress and growth.
Myakka’s success brings more jobs, more trade and more financial stability not just for the company but for the families and community it supports. Their smaller subcontractors thrive too. For example, through growing trade, one has been able to buy the land that its workshops are on. We see it all happening when we visit twice a year and we celebrate all these continuous developments. We’re proud to be part of what’s being achieved in every department, especially for the people we’ve come to know so well.
Sourcing sustainable timber
All our high quality furniture is a friend for life, made from richly grained sheesham, mango, monkey pod and reclaimed pine. These fast growing woods are sourced for us from government-managed, sustainable plantations in India, Thailand, Vietnam and beyond. The beautiful wood is kiln dried to stabilise its properties before being waxed by hand to protect and deepen the lustre of the grain. Where required, we may use small quantities of MDF, for example in some drawer bases or backs of units. Where this is the case, all the MDF is CARB Certified. This material is made of recycled industrial waste and conforms to EU Regulations.
Are we FSC™?
The FSC™ was set up in response to global concerns about deforestation and helps to improve the management of the world’s precious forests. For a number of years, our main Indian suppliers have held FSCTM Chain of Custody accreditation which approves their internal systems for handling FSC timber from raw material to finished article. At present, Sheesham and mango wood are not commercially available with FSC accreditation through the Government managed plantations. It’s a work in progress (and a lesson in serene patience) with our suppliers lobbying the Indian government.
Myakka Sheesham Plantation Project
While the timber supply comes from Government managed sources, we’re keen to go a step further and plant additional sheesham to secure supply well into the future. Since 2014, we’ve been working to establish a sheesham replanting programme and have planted more than 8,000 saplings. A truly grassroots project involving a handful of dedicated individuals, a group of 15 farmers in the state of Haryana and a lot of combined effort. Watch this space for more updates as this brilliant project grows...
Impact on our planet
Every operation has an impact on the environment and we work to minimise our footprint as far as we can. At Myakka, we have identified our key areas of impact on our planet as the use of timber in the production of furniture, raw materials in the production of soft furnishings, and CO2 emissions from transporting our products. You will find our policy on sourcing sustainable timber in our CSR Policy document. Additionally, we are committed to importing by sea, not air, and this has considerable benefits for the planet in terms of reduced emissions. We also commit to recycling and minimising resources used in our direct mail, packaging and warehousing.
Some of the community projects we are involved with
Click on the links to read about the great work they all do and to donate directly if you wish.
Based in Jodhpur, SKSN is a school for physically challenged children, which now sits under the umbrella of the Indiability Foundation. The school exists to advance the integration of physically challenged people across India.
Since our involvement with the school our donations have contributed towards, amongst other things: training and support in traditional needlecraft skills; the running costs of the dairy to provide children with essential milk and yoghurt daily; clothing, medicine and equipment for the limb workshop; materials to build new desks and benches; stationery and support for the Vocational Training Centre.
Moreover, we continue to commission new ranges of cushions and soft furnishings designed and made at the centre, for sale in the UK exclusively through us. This enables the community to learn valuable needlecraft skills for their future independence and trade.
Over the years of our support, we have assisted with more than £73,000 in donations and we look forward to continuing with more in the future.
Somerset Community Foundation
This charitable foundation works to promote vibrant, inclusive communities in Somerset through developing a culture of local giving. We value our local community and as such have set up the Myakka Grassroots Fund, under the umbrella of the SCF, which is specifically aimed at supporting projects benefitting children and families within the South Somerset area. In the years 2016/17 we have donated £2,000 to two projects: The Growing Space, a Somerset charity that helps individuals and families develop social skills through gardening activities in a safe and secure environment, and the Bayford Mission Society for which our donation helped renovate a community facility. Visit Somerset Community Foundation
Carymoor Environmental Trust
We are proud to be involved in this exciting project which is developing a local landfill site into a nature reserve that benefits local wildlife as well as being an education centre. Visit Carymoor Environmental Trust
This school in Jodhpur is supported by our philanthropic supplier and indirectly by years of dependable trade with Myakka. The involvement is not just financial but as Chairman and Secretary, our suppliers are heavily involved in assisting with the day-to-day management and wider strategy of the school ensuring its future development. Visit Vidhyashram School