When you think about humanitarian companies or charitable companies, a few come to mind. Not much else can give you a feeling of comfort knowing you have done something good for another, and not all of us have the chance or opportunity to do just that.
I am thankful to partner up with an amazing company: Sydney Paige
Their Mission Statement:
“OUR MISSION is to promote the importance of education and enrich the life of a child in need while empowering those more fortunate to help break the cycle of poverty . . . one child at a time.”
Thats pretty powerful stuff. I mean, it’s one thing to stand by your promise and deliver a “giving-back” mentality, but to also deliver on the quality of products so that every child or recipient of their bags is getting a substantial quality bag? The quality is seriously appealing and the colors and style come straight from design heaven. They look cool for all ages, and I was given the one below in green:
Difference Makers | Guidi Laptop Rucksack | Army Green
Our Guidi laptop rucksack oozes class with its relaxed style, upscale metal zippers and chic leather details. Whether you’re a student, world traveler, hip professional or stylish mom on the go, this is the bag for you!
THANK YOU FOR GIVING BACK! A matching backpack, PLUS school supplies will be donated to a student in need upon purchase!!
- Exterior: canvas with leather details and metal zippers
- Interior: 210D polyester for easy cleaning
- Large main compartment with drawstring and magnetic closure
- Padded, fleece-lined laptop sleeve
- Padded back and shoulder straps
- Padded, reinforced bottom for quality construction
- 1 front and 2 side accessory pockets with metal zippers and leather pulls
- 11.5″ x 18″ x 6.5″
That brings it all full circle. In fact, because the bags were such great quality, and the mission statement stands for something honest and pure, it was hard to find any faults… but I did.
I found one issue that for me is tough to ignore, based on the type of website and blog I run and operate. Now, with that said, the only fault I found also makes the concept of my own site a bit hypocritical, but either way, I’d like to know your thoughts:
The company has a clear statement on their own website that to me, was hard to sit still with.
“SYDNEY PAIGE Inc. is certified as a women’s business enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier of the businesses owned and operated by women in the United States.
We recognize the commitment to supplier diversity that is embraced by corporations and government agencies today and we are happy to add diversity to your supply chain.”
The statements above talk about diversity, and yet the business model only hires and works with women.
Now, I know, I should be proud of them for having achieved such a great feat, and yet i feel torn, for the simple fact that in 2016, anyone with a great product can achieve greatness. To be recognized and rewarded for being an all female cast doesn’t strike me as a reason for me to do business. As a father of 3 kids, my wife might see the appeal, but should I buy school supplies from the store that is known for an all-male staff and ownership? I think that in 2016 women would be boycotting out front and saying that it is unfair work ethics and sexist standards, no?
Now, before you think I am acting crazy, you have to hear me out a few more sentences, and then you can feel free to comment below. I am 100% behind the concept and morale value of Sydney Paige, and I fully support their mission. I feel the quality is top-notch, the charitable aspect is wonderful and the price is reasonable. I guess as a blogger, and a blogger who has lived in the mommy-blogging world and been a part of women based conferences at Disney and on stage speaking at SheCon that I am qualified to add my 2 cents. Maybe not.
At the end of the day, am I still going to buy a Sydney Paige backpack? Hell yes, they look awesome, they are super functional and above all else, it’s a great cause. Do yourself a favor and get one, or 3.
The CEO and founder, Courtney Brockmeyer talks about WHY she needed to start such an awesome company: