How is Curio Spice Co. addressing racism, sexism, and fighting for CHANGE?
The past few years have brought to light a true reckoning for justice in this country. In the wake of recurrent violence against people of color, we created this page to share resources and ways you can engage in the fight for justice. Here at Curio, we’re committed to amplifying BIPOC, AAPI, LGBTQIA+ voices by sharing the stories of spice farmers, businesses, and cookbooks that honor diverse voices.
- By sourcing specialty spices directly from small farms and producers and often paying above a fair-trade price, we are working to reverse the exploitive practices put in place due to colonization. Commodity spices are built on a system that keeps people in poverty around the world, and continues a history of exploitive practices built by white people. We strive to de-commodify and decolonize the spice trade.
- We continue to discuss racism and allyship as a team, sharing resources (and building this page) to further education. We are working together to identify changes we need to make in our business, especially as we grow, and using our creative strengths to deepen the material impact we have in the area of social responsibility.
- In 2019 we became a Certified B corporation®. This means we have a third party system to hold us accountable to our mission. This along with other outreach (such as our stories shared through our newsletter and on social media) are important ways that we communicate our commitment.
“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”- Martin Luther King Jr.
Curio's Cause Campaigns:
"Using Business as a force for good" - B Lab
- Supporting Sri Lankan Farmers during the Economic Crisis (funds raised went directly to an 374 member farmer group we work with in Sri Lanka)
- Supporting Trans gender rights (funds went directly to National Center of Transgender Equality)
- Supporting reproductive rights (funds went directly to Indigenous Women Rising)
LEARN MORE. DO MORE.
Check out the resources (below) which are helping us learn more as we engage with these issues, especially through the lens of food, spices, and farming. Our current moment has spotlighted how social justice, equity, and climate change disproportionately affect the poor, especially people of color. At the bottom of this page, you can read more about specific ways that we are addressing and engaging with these issues at Curio. As always, stay curious and keep cooking!
Curio's Land Acknowledgement
We acknowledge that Curio Spice Co. operates on the traditional and ancestral land of the Massachusett, Naumkeag, and Pawtucket peoples, the original inhabitants of what is now known as Cambridge and Winchester. In our work here at Curio—sourcing, blending and storytelling about spices—we strive to honor this native land and its people through transparent information and direct-sourcing including sourcing from small local farms on this land and its waters (the Atlantic) and wild foragers who continue traditions of low-impact gathering.
As Americans, we must all strive to learn about the history of the land we inhabit and its people, including the legacy of displacement, forced migration, disease and disruption that was forced on the Indigenous people of North America through colonization. As members of this country and as citizens of our global community here at Curio we stive to continually pay our respects to the people of the Massachusett Tribe, past and present, and honor the land itself which remains sacred to the Massachusett, Naumkeag, and Pawtucket Peoples.