What is a C.I.C?
A C.I.C (Community Interest Company) is a type of company introduced by the United Kingdom government in 2005 under the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004, designed for social enterprises that want to use their profits and assets for the public good.
Is a C.I.C Asset Locked?
This is an essential feature of all CICs and is designed to make sure that the assets of the CIC are used exclusively for the benefit of the community. Any assets and profits (aside from those distributed in accordance with the rules on dividend capping) must be retained within the CIC and used solely for community benefit. The only bodies to which assets are allowed to be transferred are other “asset-locked bodies” – i.e. those organisations which already have an asset lock. This means that assets may be transferred to charities, or to other CICs.
Are the bags manufactured ethically?
Yes. Our supplier is firmly committed to offering good value products with industry leading quality standards however they will not let this be at the expense of any individual in the supply chain, nor with unacceptable environmental impact. Their suppliers undergo strict assessment, covering ethical policy, through ability to meet product quality and service standards. Our supplier has established partnerships with a dedicated manufacturing base, thus ensuring consistency of quality and supply. As part of this process they reference against the local laws in the respect of wages, health and safety, welfare and human rights. They do not condone the use of any labour which has been forced or coerced and this includes child labour. Their field based staff carry out full audits to ensure that factories meet, or exceed, applicable local standards. Our Supplier is committed to protecting the quality of the environment through sound environmental practice. They ensure that factories meet or exceed local environmental laws and regulations in an effort to reduce waste and minimise the environmental impact of their operations.
How do we know that bags are given to vulnerable children?
Madlug are commited to giving vulnerable children bags to help them make their way with dignity. We will be delivering the bags through giving partners who are already working with looked after children. As we are a CIC our accounts will be made public each year which will show clearly bags sold and bags given.
Can I make a donation to Madlug?
YES. As a C.I.C we can receive donations. You can purchase a donate a bag online which will mean that for every £10 donated we will give a travel bag to a child in care. If you would like to donate a larger amount to our work please contact Dave Linton at email@example.com.
Can I volunteer to work for Madlug?
Absolutely! We currently have no paid staff and are dependant on people helping us. There are opportunities from logistics to helping us sell at events. If you are looking to volunteer please contact us through the contact us page.