Fair Trade

Fair Trade Principles:

Principle 1: Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers

Poverty reduction by making producers economically independent.

Principle 2: Transparency and Accountability

Involving producers in important decision making.

Principle 3: Fair Trading Practices

Trading fairly with concern for the social, economic and environmental well-being of producers.

Principle 4: Payment of a Fair Price

Paying producers a fixed price by mutual agreement, ensuring socially acceptable wages depending on the location.

Principle 5: Ensuring no Child Labor and Forced Labor

Adhering to the United Nations (UN) Convention on children’s rights.

Principle 6: Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Women’s Economic Empowerment and Freedom of Association

Respecting the trade union rights and rejecting discrimination based on gender, religion or ethnicity.

Principle 7:   Ensuring Good Working Conditions

Providing a safe and healthy working environment for producers and workers in line with the International Latour Organization (ILO) conventions.

Principle 8: Providing Capacity Building

Seeking to develop the skills of producers and workers so they can continue to grow and prosper.

Principle 9: Promoting Fair Trade

Raising awareness for the need of greater justice in world trade by trading fairly with poor communities.

Principle 10: Respect for the Environment

Caring for the environment by maximizing use of sustainable energy and raw materials while minimizing waste and pollution.