by Jacalyn Bennett
This is all about living and working conscientiously in the world.
My inspiration to start a company was to create a safe and healthy space for people to work in and to show that one didn’t need to be harsh to employees or the environment to be successful in business.
When I started working in the Garment Industry over 30 years ago, I began actualizing my dream to create beautiful garments for women in a Socially and Environmentally responsible way. I was at home working in Asia in the garment factories, guiding and teaching the cutters and stitchers how to actualize the beautiful designs I created for the American customer. It was evident to me, through my many years of hard work, that I could create a successful company that had a foundation based on Gandhian principles an Buddhist tenets: a company that people wanted to be a part of.
Jacalyn E.S. Bennett and Company was founded in 1989, with the core focus of honoring ecology, human rights, social consciousness and appropriate work ethics. I realized and was committed to achieving success in the Lingerie and Textile Industry while keeping with our mission statement to “Respect and value our employees and supply chain partners by giving back to the communities in which we work.”
We design and manufacture garments while being socially and ecologically responsible. We are also committed to sharing our knowledge with our customers as to the value of this virtue. They in return share knowledge with their teams and ultimate customer. The consumer is then empowered with the knowledge to purchase products that better align with their own values. The global impact of such conscientious consumerism can and will change the commercial sector, for the betterment of all. This positive and responsible shift in customer and consumer values will have a triple bottom line win-win-win for the workers, our customers, and the final consumer. Raising consumer awareness can only have positive results, and Bennett and Company will continue its role and be an active change agent for this critical global process.