Fair trade seeks firstly and fore mostly to give a fair go to workers and farmers around the world. It stands against lower price pressures from the West that gets passed directly onto the bottom of the production chain, the labourers and small scale farmers.
Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. Fairtrade offers producers a better deal and improved terms of trade. This allows them the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Fairtrade offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their every day shopping.
When a product carries the FAIRTRADE Mark it means the producers and traders have met Fairtrade Standards. The Standards are designed to address the imbalance of power in trading relationships, unstable markets and the injustices of conventional trade.
“Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade...” Fairtrade International
The producer benefits of fair trade are:
- Producers receive a fair price for their goods.
- Advances are paid on handcraft orders to at least cover the cost of materials.
- Greater openness in relationships between employer and employee due to rules of representation and conflict resolution
- In commodities, future purchase agreements give surety to the producer
- Sources, production and workplaces do not exploit either their staff or the environment and are monitored to enforce this.
- Products have meaning above their tangible attributes i.e. knowing where each product was made and that it is supporting the poor or marginalised in that area.
- the commitment of WFTO and FLO to follow up on businesses makes each purchase a conscience clear event.
- Buyers can choose to direct their purchases toward groups/countries that they value
The full range of more than 7,000 Fairtrade certified products now includes coffee, tea, herbal teas, chocolate, cocoa, sugar, bananas, grapes, pineapples, mangoes, avocados, apples, pears, plums, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, satsumas, clementines, mandarins, lychees, coconuts, dried fruit, juices, smoothies, biscuits, cakes and snacks, honey, jams and preserves, chutney and sauces, rice, quinoa, herbs and spices, seeds, nuts and nut oil, wines, beers, rum, confectionary, muesli, cereal bars, yoghurt, ice-cream, flowers, sports balls, sugar body scrub and cotton products including clothing, homewares, cloth toys, cotton wool,silver and gold.
Tribes and Nations Fair Trade commitment
We seek to foster long term relationships with our suppliers. We base our relationship on respect, openness and trust. We seek to contribute to a long term, sustainable enterprise for the benefit of the local producers.
The artisans who work with us receive realistic and fair prices. We pay 50% in advance of all large orders so that our suppliers have sufficient funds to cover the raw materials and their needs during production.
By bypassing middlemen and working directly with the artisans, costs are cut and a greater percentage of the retail price goes to them.
The Challenge of Fair Trade
Tribes and Nations seeks to be an alternative, compassionate shopping choice. We want to be there for you who want to see your buying power make a positive impact on the lives of fellow human beings. We want to be part of changing attitudes to shopping and understanding poverty and the pressure it puts on the majority world. We not only invite you, but ask you to join us, so we all can share the abundant plenty there is in this world, with those who are not able to have their share.
The US and UK Fair Trade movement have jumped ahead of us in effecting trade laws and changing shopping attitudes. They have insisted that all from chain stores to the corner store stock fair trade products. We can make a change here so that in the future, fair trade, is not a minor alternative issue but a market force.
For information on the International Fairtrade labelling Organisations re labeling of items such as coffee, tea and chocolate please click on www.fairtrade.net