Fair Trade Fortnight 2015: Consider the 10 Principles of Fair Trade

During Fair Trade Fortnight 2015, (beginning Saturday 9th of May) let us consider (See-Judge-Act) the following principles and take action accordingly.


The World Fair Trade Organisation Prescribes 10 Principles:


Principle # 1: Creating opportunities for disadvantaged producers (economically marginalised)

Poverty reduction through trade must form a key part of the organisation’s aims. The organisation or business must assist vulnerable producers to move from income insecurity and poverty to economic self-sufficiency and ownership.


Principle # 2: Transparency and AccountabilityPhoto: jakeliefer

The organisation must be transparent in its management and commercial relations. The organisation finds appropriate, participatory ways to involve employees, members and producers in its decision-making processes.


Principle # 3: Fair Trading Practices

The organisation must have concern for the social, economic and environmental well-being of marginalised producers. It is responsible and professional in meeting its commitments in a timely manner. Suppliers respect contracts and deliver products on time and to the desired quality.


Principle # 4: Payment of a Fair Price

A fair price is one that has been mutually agreed by all through dialogue and participation which provides fair pay to the producers and can also be sustained by the market.

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Principle # 5: No Child or Forced Labour

The organisation must adhere to the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, and local law on the employment of children.


Principle # 6: Freedom of Association and Gender Equality

The organisation does not discriminate in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement.

The organisation has a clear policy and plan to promote gender equality and respects the right of all employees to form and join trade unions of their choice and to bargain collectively.


Principle # 7: Good Working Conditions

The organisation provides a safe and healthy working environment for employees and / or members. It complies, at a minimum, with national and local laws and International Labor Organisation’sconventions on health and safety.


Principle # 8: Capacity Building

The organisation seeks to increase positive developmental impacts for producers through Fair Trade.

Organisations working directly with small producers develop specific activities to help these producers improve their management skills, production capabilities and access to markets.


Principle # 9: Promoting Fair Trade

The organisation raises awareness of the aim of Fair Trade and of the need for greater justice in world trade through Fair Trade. It advocates for the objectives and activities of Fair Trade according to the scope of the organisation.


Principle # 10: Respect for the Environment

Organisations which produce Fair Trade products maximise the use of raw materials from sustainably managed sources in their ranges, buying locally when possible. They use production technologies that seek to reduce energy consumption and where possible use renewable energy technologies that minimise greenhouse gas emissions.


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