Fair Trade means a safe and healthy working environment free of forced labor. Throughout the trading chain, Members cultivate workplaces that empower people to participate in the decisions that affect them. Members seek to eliminate discrimination based on race, caste, national origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, age, marital, or health status. Members support workplaces free from physical, sexual, psychological, or verbal harassment or abuse.
Example: Global Mamas
Global Mamas, a women-run cooperative of individually-owned business, assists women in Africa to become economically independent.
The perspectives of women are traditionally undervalued in Ghanaian society, but Global Mamas includes the women in the decisions that affect the organization. They convene regular meetings of all the Mamas in a geographic area to discuss important issues and decide the future of the organization on the ground. They also work with each Mama to understand how to implement Fair Trade practices and expectations in their own workshops and with their own staff, so that the practice of Fair Trade is not only between Global Mamas and the heads of each business, but between all of the women involved. At the same time, the women are encouraged to maintain their independent businesses, initiate projects, and take on clients outside of the Global Mamas umbrella.
To learn more about their work in Principle 6 and all the Principles, visit GlobalMamas.org
Example: Andes Gifts
Andes Gifts recognizes the importance of providing artisans with healthy working environments in which workers are treated fairly, given safe work spaces, and are empowered to pursuer their artisan passions.
Unlike the working conditions of sweatshops, the knitters who work with Andes Gifts are allowed to work the amount that they desire and at their own pace in clean, spacious, and safe environments.
Andes Gifts’ production model respects and reinforces local traditions and the family structure. Since many knitters work from their home and workshops in their community, they can share stories, ideas, tools and materials among each other. These working conditions empower the members of the community to continue participation in local traditions and customs, while still providing for their family.
To learn more about Andes Gifts, visit www.andesgifts.com