In order for Namidabashi Lab. to realize its mission “to inquire how we can develop relationships with and among people, nature, and happenings of the world, such that we can reframe the social structure and our views on it”, we prefer underrepresented-owned suppliers/vendors/contractors, local suppliers/vendors in Taito-ward, Tokyo, and suppliers/vendors who seek how to communicate with society and/or environment.
We have some reasons why we prefer underrepresented-owned suppliers/vendors, local suppliers/ vendors, and suppliers/vendors who seek how to communicate with society and/or environment.
* Communicating with underrepresented-owned suppliers/vendors
We consider that actual communication and its experience can be one of bases for our expected inquiry. The opinions and viewpoints of the underrepresented groups are not always reflected in social policy and system, and are often made misunderstood. In this situation, communicating with the underrepresented-owned suppliers/vendors, not only with us but also with various people, can provide a social frame and views that some of us has not recognized. In addition, awareness on such frame and views can facilitate us and various people to take steps to develop “a society with more space, where anyone can find relief”.
* Buy local
Local businesses has sensitive and unique insights on social structure and needs in this community, because usually they are often owned and run by people who live in this community. In addition, such insights can be sharper and deeper if local business activities is expanded and their relationship with the community is strengthened. Because touching such insights is crucial to “inquire more effectively how we can develop relationships with and among people, nature, and happenings”, we would like to communicate and contribute local businesses.
* Preference on suppliers/vendors who seek how to communicate with society and/or environment
Today many social and environmental concerns are existed, and different ways of thinkings is needed to develop sustainable society. However, only the governments and non-profit organizations cannot tackle solving such problems and increasing sustainability. In this situation, Using the power of the markets and profit organizations has been expected for them. Thus, we would like to inquire if we can mobilize such power for the realization of our vision “A society with more space, where anyone can find relief”, to face social and environmental challenges and to develop sustainability, through communicating with supplies/vendors who has the same motivation.
2. Selection of suppliers/vendors
We have some inquiries for supplies/vendors to ensure our preference policy in place, but not always limit to.
- Underrepresented-owned business (LGBTQ, women, disabilities, minorities, etc.)
- Local business around our office (Taito-ward, Tokyo)
- Social and/or environmental policy/ mission
- Handling environmentally friendly products such as products matching to Green Purchasing Laws, Green Network Products, Eco-Mark, etc.
- Certified by B corporation