Monday, 21 May 2012

Fair Trade Principles
 
1
Creating opportunity for Disadvantaged Producers
2
Capacity Building of Producers and their Workers
3
Promoting Fair Trade
4
Promoting Gender Equity
5
Payment of a Fair Price and Fair Wages
6
Safe and Healthy Working conditions
7
No Child Labor
8
Protecting the Environment
9
Fair Trade Relations




At Ten Thousand Villages, we stand last WFTO and have also added a few principles of our own:

1
We honor the value of seeking to bring justice and hope to the poor.
2
We trade with artisan groups who pay fair wages and demonstrate concern for their members’ welfare.
3
We provide consistent purchases, advances and prompt final payments to artisans.
4
We increase market share in North America for fairly traded handicrafts.
5
We market quality products that are crafted by otherwise underemployed artisans.
6
We build sustainable operations using a variety of sales channels, including a network of stores with a common identity.
7
We choose handicrafts that reflect and reinforce rich cultural traditions, that are environmentally sensitive and which appeal to North American consumers.
8
We encourage North American customers to learn about fair trade and to appreciate artisans’ cultural heritage and life circumstances with joy and respect.
9
We use resources carefully and value volunteers who work in our North American operations.