Our Commitments

REDEFINING THE INDUSTRY: OUR COMPANY STRUCTURE 

Who we are — WWAKE is proudly Asian woman-owned and run by a 90% women-identified team. Our in-house studio staffs 80% women-identified bench jewelers, bringing our unique perspective to every step of the process —how it’s made, designed, and then shared. 

Diversity & equal opportunity — WWAKE is a business owned and led by a woman who identifies as an immigrant of color. We believe in building a diverse and inclusive workplace. We’re committed to maintaining a minimum of 50% of our roles for Black, NBPOC, and immigrants; WWAKE has currently exceeded this goal by employing about 58% Black, NBPOC, and immigrants. 

WWAKE is always evolving to be a more inclusive space for all racial and gender identities. Internally, the WWAKE team is dedicated to long-term anti-racist education, complemented by paid community service hours we require each employee to complete. 

Paying it forward — Every year since our inception in 2013, WWAKE has made annual investments into organizations that protect and uplift marginalized individuals in our local community. Our philosophy is that if we make a little, we should give a little too. As an example: 5-10% of our annual holiday sale revenue goes toward WIN NYC, a nonprofit that focuses on breaking the cycle of New York homelessness by uplifting women and their children). WWAKE also works with WIN NYC to hire candidates from their career development programs in addition to financially supporting the organization. Starting in 2020, WWAKE has  committed to investing a minimum of one percent of all annual sales to community organizations, modeled after 1% For The Planet.  

Education & Community Service – We’re committed to educating ourselves both internally and externally on transparent and ethical sourcing. We aim to empower our staff and customers alike with knowledge about how the industry works, and how we can collectively dismantle exploitative practices. 

At WWAKE, equity is a core guiding principle.  We're committed to recognizing and uplifting the lives of everyone our brand touches through our sourcing, design and business practices. Our aim is to ensure that our internal practices mirror our brand ethos in supporting long-term, sustainable change in our community.