We built Kaufmann Mercantile on the foundation of sharing, supporting, and representing makers, independent designers, and brands in the worlds of home, outdoor living, lifestyle, and wellness.
We are a small company, but we have a strong voice and a passionate community, which comes with a responsibility we honor to support and share all voices in design and creativity.
We have formed a company donation initiative in which we are donating 1% of our ecommerce sales from Kaufmann Mercantile, as well as from our sister brands Design Milk and AHAlife, to charities or entities that promote social justice and reform or provide relief. This is an ongoing donation initiative — we will select a new charity or organization every quarter.
Through January 2021, we will donate to Share Our Strength, a national organization working to end childhood hunger and poverty in the United States and abroad. They're responsible for campaigns, like No Kid Hungry, ensuring that kids get the food they need that will end childhood hunger in the United States, and Cooking Matters, which helps low-income families, parents, and caregivers struggling with limited food budgets learn how to shop for and cook healthy, affordable meals. They also provide relief when disasters strike communities turning funding into desperately needed resources, like food and water and provide international grants to fight famine around the globe.
Click here to make your own donation to this organization.
Diversity & Equity
We are committed to creating a diverse and equitable company through a hiring and employment policy that regularly examines our team, sets appropriate goals and measures, and fosters all levels of diversity. This includes diversity training, internal educational programs, support for professional development opportunities, and making sure employees have access to resource groups, such as those dedicated to leadership and career enhancement.
On top of our ongoing charitable contributions, as a company, we commit to the 15% Pledge. We will strive to give at least 15% of our virtual shelf space to Black-owned brands. We will also work on ensuring that we create a powerful platform for BIPOC-led or -owned businesses, alongside other underrepresented groups.
We are actively working to ensure that we are highlighting more products, brands, makers, and designers led by underrepresented groups, and finding better ways to make the people behind them visible via the content we create and stories we share on our website, social media channels, blog, and email newsletter.
On The KM Guide, we are dedicated to the tips and ideas we share, along with the products and their design and construction — but we haven’t actively highlighted the people behind the work as much as we would like, and we believe they deserve visibility.
We are actively working on ensuring that we are highlighting products, stories, and brands led by underrepresented groups and finding better ways to make the people behind them more visible.
We are an anti-racist company. Racial justice and reform require a long-term commitment. We will continue to check and re-commit ourselves to anti-racist actions. Dismantling and rebuilding a system takes time and effort, and we will do our part. Our intention is to be inclusive and insist that anyone we partner with, represent, and promote has the same values. We would like to be a resource for anyone that is looking for help, and we hope that others in the home, outdoor living, and maker communities will join us in supporting our efforts to combat racism.
Please contact us with your thoughts or ideas — or to submit potential makers and brands. This is an ever-evolving mission that we are passionate about, and we will continue to update our community on new initiatives and revisions to our mission.