Fair trade seeks to develop communities and people.
Fair trade keeps prices affordable for consumers and returns a higher profit to the producers. Generally, fair trade items do not cost more than other goods, because fair trade organizations work directly with producers – cutting out anywhere from 3 – 10 middlemen who raise the price along the way in conventional trading.
Fair trade impacts communities in developing countries. Children’s school fees are paid; nutritional needs met; health care costs paid; the poor, especially women, are empowered; people have electricity for the first time, people live in a house with a roof, people have food on a regular basis.
The environmental impact of production, sourcing, and transport is mitigated to the fullest extent possible.
The principles of Fair Trade:
- Fair Trade creates opportunities for economically and socially marginalized farmers and artisans
- Fair Trade develops transparent and accountable relationships with artisans and farmers to ensure that relationships are open, fair, consistent, and respectful.
- Fair Trade builds capacity of farmers, artisans, and their communities.
- Promote Fair Trade by raising awareness.
- Pay promptly and a fair wage.
- Support safe and empowering working conditions
- Cultivate environmental stewardship by encouraging responsible use of resources and eco friendly production.
- Ensure the rights of children by never using exploitative child labor.
- Respect cultural identity of farmers and artisans and celebrate diversity.
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