Will Haughey is co-founder of Tegu, a Honduras-based toy company that brings social justice innovation to the workplace while using sustainable materials in production.
He described his journey from working as a successful investment banker on Wall Street to managing the construction of magnetic wooden toy blocks. “The manufacturing climate in Honduras is harsh. There is no guarantee of work for 12 months out of the year, no emphasis on personal development of employee…employers simply size up a potential employee base and tell them to repeat daily a process in hopes that the employees will get faster and faster each day.” That, Haughey states, is detrimental to the dignity of those fortunate enough to secure a job in Honduras.
“We need to challenge the way people approach the process of employing manufacturing workers. It is our goal to develop a leadership which helps individuals flourish from what would otherwise be an entry-level job to somebody that could run a factory because of the skills they have learned and the opportunity available to them.”
“The future is about boundary crossing and interdisciplinary problem solving,” responded Haggerty on a question directed to her about what she thinks the future holds in further collaboration for social justice. “It’s about having citizens contribute to this process and help build communities where children and families can flourish.”
Though the results of both entrepreneurs’ hard work continue to produce results, they acknowledge that the task is bigger than either of them. “There’s a certain benefit in humbly recognizing that we want to change the world, and at the same time if we can’t be faithful in the small things in life ,it will be difficult to ever attain change,” Haughey said.
“Personally, I’m not going to change the world, but I’ve been given a passion for a particular change in a certain way. The greatest thing I can give it is focus, and be open to what comes my way.”
Laura Sanicola is Assistant News Editor at The Fordham Ram.
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