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About Downlights

Downlights is a NZ owned social enterprise that manufactures luxury candles, diffusers and other fragranced products. Downlights employs young adults with Down syndrome and cognitive disabilities and supports their learning and development with a variety of workplace skills.

Downlights candles are made by hand, using bespoke fragrances and artisanal techniques. Our soy wax is 100% biodegradable, non-toxic, GMO free and wicks that have no lead or zinc in them. 

We became a fwd: certified social enterprise in 2019 and in 2020 we became an accredited Living Wage employer and Living Wage Partner.

We are passionate about our people and the community with NZD1 from every Downlights candle sold being donated via the Downlights Charitable Trust.

The tagline Illuminate - Care - Change are the core values that run through our company and our partners. We will continue to Illuminate the way for NZ employers; Care about inclusion in our community and Change workplace norms by switching to social gifting with Downlights. 



About Downlights Charitable Trust 

In 2018 we started Downlights, a NZ owned fwd: certified social enterprise that employs young Kiwis with Down syndrome and learning or intellectual disabilities.

Many of our wonderful Downlights Crew had very limited career opportunities and our goal is to make Downlights a workplace where they thrive and have meaningful, enjoyable jobs. Every person deserves a job they are proud of! Our Downlights Crew individually tailored support to meet each of their unique needs. We have received such incredible support to do this from organisations like NZ Down syndrome Association and Recreate NZ.

The Downlights Charitable Trust was established in 2019 to fund workplace necessities like trained carer supervision, specialist equipment or personalised workstations that makes working at Downlights accessible for any special needs that a Crew member might need.

Downlights Charitable Trust also makes donations from candle sales to NZDSA, completing the circle of reciprocity and to give back to the community that has given so generously to us. 

The Downlights Charitable Trust is a registered charity and our Charity Commission Registration Number is CC57362

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