The 9 Principles of Fair Trade as set by the Fair Trade Federation are:
opportunities for economically and socially marginalized producers. We
strive to alleviate poverty.
transparent and accountable relationships. We share information freely
with artisans, our suppliers, other fair traders and consumers. We visit
in person when we can, and we tell artisans’ stories.
We take on suppliers slowly because once we add them, we want to stay with
them, just as they make commitments to artisan groups. Throughout the
chain, we share information, new product ideas, trends and relationships.
We promote best practices at all points of the supply chain.
trade. We are fully committed, and so are our suppliers.
Pay promptly and
fairly. Fair trade wholesalers usually pay 50% in advance with orders, and
the balance when the order ships. We do the same when we buy directly from
artisan groups. Most of our supply comes through fair trade wholesalers,
and we always pay them promptly as well. We and our suppliers also follow
and develop pay standards to fit the local context in artisan communities.
Support safe and
empowering working conditions. This means safe and healthy workplaces– no
factories or sweatshops. We work with groups that have a significant say
in their own pay and conditions We and our suppliers support workplaces
free from any form of discrimination.
rights of children. Children have the right to security, education and
play. We follow the lead of the UN convention on the rights of children
and all local, regional and national child labor laws.
identity. Some products support long-term cultural traditions or methods.
Even with new products and processes, we support community standards and
environmental stewardship. This includes reducing use, recycling,
renewing, reusing and reclaiming resources. We use no endangered
materials. We sell a variety of products made from recycled or waste