Why Fair Trade
Because we care
Fair Trade is an approach that seeks to empower economically disadvantaged or marginalised producers and workers from developing countries through fair and ethical trade. Fair Trade clothing is free from child exploitation and sweat shop labour. Fair Trade certification guarantees ethical working conditions and a fair wage for workers. Fair Trade clothing promotes the empowerment and well-being of all parties involved in the production process, from the farmers, to the manufacturers and market contacts.
Because it is right
“Use your liberty to promote ours”, Aung San Suu Kyi.
Fair Trade guarantees that the products we enjoy do not come at the expense of human exploitation. A condition of Fair Trade certification is that companies comply with the Fair Trade Standard for Hired Labour agreement, which promotes ethical trade practices and guarantees basic labour rights to all parties involved in the production process. Fair Trade practice guarantees adequate training for workers in production to minimise risk, educating workers on occupational health and safety procedures. Fair Trade practice promotes the well-being of workers, providing sufficient lighting, temperature control and ventilation in the workplace. Fair Trade practice provides all workers with access to water and hygienic sanitary facilities. Fair Trade practice empowers workers with the basic rights that are a given in Australian employment.
Because it promotes change
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can choose to change the world”, Nelson Mandela.
Fair Trade practice educates workers on Fair Trade and their rights in the workplace. Fair Trade practice empowers worker to join external trade unions and collectively negotiate conditions of employment. Fair Trade practice supports the social and economic development of producers and workers, providing additional training to permanent employees and access to primary education for their children. A Premium is also included in the cost of Fair Trade products and is used to promote change through development projects that benefit the workers, their families and their local community.