How is Curio Spice Co. addressing racism and fighting for CHANGE?
The past year has brought to light a true reckoning for racial justice in this country. In the wake of recurrent violence against the BIPOC and AAPI community 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 and AAPI voices by sharing the stories of spice farmers, BIPOC and AAPI owned businesses, and cookbooks that honor immigrant 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 have begun 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.
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!