Fair Trade is a global movement made up of a diverse network of producers, companies, shoppers, advocates and organizations. Based on the simple idea that the products we buy and sell are connected to the livelihood of others, Fair Trade is a simple way to promote responsible business, empower workers and farmers, and protect the planet. Fair Trade Certified™ products are grown or made according to rigorous social and environmental standards, AND the people who produced them earned more money with every sale.
What is a Fair Trade Certified Factory?
Our factory is certified by Fair Trade USA and our factory workers receive a premium to use for social and economic investments. Fair Trade USA drives best-inclass worker health and safety at factories through the Fair Trade Factory Standard. In addition to ensuring safe working conditions, the objective of the standard is to increase empowerment, economic development social responsibility, and environmental management. Factories are audited against the Fair Trade Standard Annually.
The Fair Trade Committee
Workers at Fair Trade Certified factories democratically elect their co-workers to represent the greater worker voice on a Fair Trade Committee. This Committee meets throughout the year with factory management to discuss issues at the factory. They also conduct worker surveys to identify community needs. The Fair Trade Committee is responsible for effective management of the Fair Trade Premium fund.
Fair Trade Premium to Workers
Fair Trade ensures an additional financial Premium to workers on every certified item. The Fair Trade Premium is a mechanism to directly improve worker livelihood and enable a journey to living wage.
Examples of Fair Trade Premium Projects:
We, here at Terra Thread, have a fundamental purpose and vision to promote and instil Fair Trade practices. Transparency and traceability, sustainable economic growth, fair employment and opportunity for growth, decent work for all, protecting the people and the planet are some our core values. Fair Trade certification means ensuring for all workers the following: legal wages and benefits, improved livelihoods, safe and healthy workplaces, gender equality, women’s rights, and not only accountable but also responsible workplace throughout the entire supply chain. Most importantly, Fair Trade guarantees that no child or forced labor is used to make products throughout the supply chain. Our products are made at a certified Fair Trade factory.
When you choose fair trade products you are a part of the movement that promote and support sustainability throughout the supply chain. Here are some of the standards and practices of Fair Trade Certifications:
2. Fair Trade certification requires supply chain traceability, and
3. In order to use the Fair Trade logo and claim, all entities involved in the production, processing, manufacturing, and handling of the product need to be certified or registered with Fair Trade USA.
Fair Trade Helps Build Sustainable Businesses
By buying our eco-friendly products you are promoting ethical businesses. In addition, all Fair Trade Certified products require a premium – these funds are sent directly to a worker’s controlled bank account. These premiums are used for a wide variety of community development projects, which are chosen by a democratically elected Fair Trade Committee. These projects include facilitation of education, health programs, clean water projects and leadership training. Fair Trade products are environmentally responsible as Fair Trade certification requires accountability in our environmental impact.
Fair Trade Promotes Empowerment of Farmers and Workers
When you buy Fair Trade certified products you empower farmers and workers throughout the supply chain since fair trade certification requires freedom of association and protection of the right to organize, right to collective bargaining, and equal remuneration. The process of electing a Fair Trade Committee, developing a Fair Trade Plan, and making choices on how to spend the Fair Trade Premium, enhances the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices and transform them into desired actions and outcomes. Through these practices and standards smallholders are able to build individual and collective assets and effectively represent themselves in their negotiations with the Market Access Partner.
Fair Trade Promotes Economic Development
When you promote Fair Trade certified products, you are helping increase the income of small farmers by ensuring a transparent and stable trading relationship with the market access partners and by requiring a payment of Fair Trade Premium on every Fair Trade Certified™ product sale. The Fair Trade program and standards is built to empower family farmers and workers across the supply chain. Rather than creating dependency on aid, Fair Trade uses a market-based approach that empowers farmers to get a fair price for their harvest, and workers are ensured to get a decent living wage. Through direct, equitable trade, farmers, workers, and families are able to eat better, send their kids to school, improve the health and living condition, and invest in their future.
Fair Trade Promotes Social Responsibility
The Fair Trade Standard protects the rights of children and young persons to an education and a safe and age-appropriate workplace. Some of the most important requirements of Fair Trade Certifications is safe and healthy workplaces for workers and farmers, no child or forced labor gender equality in the workplace including women’s rights, equal pay, maternity leave, worker empowerment. Moreover, fair trade establishes accountable and responsible workplace management, prompt payment, legal wages and benefits for the workers, improve livelihoods of the workers, no excessive overtime, and ensures safety measures in order to avoid work-related injuries.
Fair Trade Promotes Environmental Responsibility
Fair Trade certification requires that stakeholders and smallholders are responsible for caring for the earth by developing environmental monitoring systems, limiting the use of agrochemicals and fertilizers, implementing biological and eco-friendly pest management techniques and waste management procedures which in its entirety helps protect soil, water, wildlife, and biodiversity. Fair Trade products are good for the people and the planet.