Fair Trade

What Is Fair Trade?

Fair trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect.  This system of exchange seeks to create greater equality in international trade.  It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers, especially in the Southern Hemisphere.

Fair trade certified organizations and importers work directly with producers, cutting out exploitative middlemen.  People of impoverished and developing communities are allowed within this system to make a dignified living with fair wages.  It helps to improve the standard of living, provide children the opportunity for education, and promote environmental responsibility.

Fair trade has a global impact on all of us.  Its principles, standards, practice, vision and values are designed to deliver socially and environmentally sustainable practices.  Many fair trade producers live in regions of the world that are in need of preservation.  By building a stronger relationship with producers, giving them choices that poverty otherwise takes away, and shifting the values of the marketplace, we strengthen our planet.

How We Support Fair Trade

At Sassafras Moon World Gifts, we offer many fair trade goods for purchase.  We work with Fair Trade Federation members such as:

  • Cafe Campesino
  • Costello International
  • Global Crafts
  • Handcrafting Justice
  • MayaWorks
  • Minga Fair Trade Imports
  • Sanyork
  • SERRV

These suppliers strive to ensure that the fair trade principles are upheld.

Fair Trade Principles

Fair Price
Democratically organized artisans and farmer groups receive a guaranteed minimum floor price and are paid as the products leave the village. Farmers receive an additional premium for certified organic products. This ensures that a fair amount goes to the people who created the wares, not the middleman.

Fair Labor Conditions
Workers enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions, and living wages. Child labor is strictly prohibited.

Direct Trade
Importers purchase as directly as possible from producer groups, empowering farmers and artists to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace. Sassafras Moon World Gifts often purchases from small farmer and artisan villages who have banded together to market their items. When these boxes arrive from a faraway land, it is an exciting day in our shop!

Democratic And Transparent Organizations
Fair trade farmers and farm workers decide democratically how to invest revenues. Artisans often form cooperatives to make decisions about future projects, what products they will produce, and which needed equipment will be purchased.

Community Development
Workers invest in social and business development projects like scholarship programs, quality improvement training, and organic certification to help their community.

Environmental Sustainability
Agrochemicals are strictly prohibited in favor of environmentally sustainable farming methods that protect farmers' health and preserve valuable ecosystems for future generations. Artisans promise not to harm the environment in the production of their creations.

More Information

For more information about fair trade, we encourage you to visit these sources:

 

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