Fair Trade

The cause behind the craft

Fair trade proves that greater justice in world trade is possible. It highlights the need for change in the rules and practice of conventional trade and shows how a successful business can also put people first. It is a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty, climate change and economic crisis. – World Fair Trade Organization

The Ten Principles of fair trade according to World Fair Trade Organization
 
The Ten Principles of fair trade according to World Fair Trade Organization

 

The ten principles of Fair trade

How does Global African Artwork utilize them to overcome the common obstacles:

Principle One: Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers

Poverty reduction through trade forms a key part of the organization’s aims. The organization supports marginalized handcraft and artwork artisans, whether these are independent family businesses, or grouped in associations or co-operatives. It seeks to enable them to move from income insecurity and poverty to economic self-sufficiency and ownership. The organization has a plan of action to carry this out.

Principle Two: Transparency and Accountability

he organization is transparent in its management and commercial relations. It is accountable to all its stakeholders and respects the sensitivity and confidentiality of commercial information supplied. The organization finds appropriate, participatory ways to involve employees, members and artisans in its decision-making processes. It ensures that relevant information is provided to all its trading partners. The communication channels are good and open at all levels of the supply chain.

Principle Three: Fair Trading Practices

The organization trades with concern for the social, economic and environmental well-being of marginalized small artisans and does not maximize profit at their expense. It is responsible and professional in meeting its commitments in a timely manner. Artisans respect contracts and deliver products on time and to the desired quality and specifications.

Our Fair Trade buyers, recognizing the financial disadvantages Artisans face, ensure orders are paid on receipt of documents and according to the attached guidelines. For Handicraft Fair Trade products, an interest free pre-payment of at least 50 % is made on request. The organization maintains long term relationships based on solidarity, trust and mutual respect that contribute to the promotion and growth of Fair Trade. It maintains effective communication with its trading partners. Parties involved in a trading relationship seek to increase the volume of the trade between them and the value and diversity of their product offer as a means of growing Fair Trade for the producers in order to increase their incomes. The organization works cooperatively with the other Fair Trade Organizations in country and avoids unfair competition. It avoids duplicating the designs of patterns of other organizations without permission.

Principle Four: 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 artisans and can also be sustained by the market. Fair pay means provision of socially acceptable remuneration (in the local context) considered by artisans themselves to be fair and which takes into account the principle of equal pay for equal work by women and men. The organization supports capacity building as required to producers, to enable them to set a fair price.

Principle Five: Ensuring no Child Labour and Forced Labour

The organization adheres to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and national / local law on the employment of children. The organization ensures that there is no forced labour in its workforce and / or members or home workers.

Principle Six: Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Women’s Economic Empowerment, and Freedom of Association

The organization does not discriminate in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, HIV/Aids status or age.

Principle Seven: Ensuring Good Working Conditions

The organization provides a safe and healthy working environment for employees and / or members. It complies, at a minimum, with national and local laws and ILO conventions on health and safety.

Principle Eight: Providing Capacity Building

The organization seeks to increase positive developmental impacts for small, marginalized artisans through Fair Trade.

The organization develops the skills and capabilities of its own employees or members. WE develop specific activities to help these artisans improve their management skills, production capabilities and access to markets – local / regional / international / Fair Trade and mainstream as appropriate.

Principle Nine: Promoting Fair Trade

The organization 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 organization. The organization provides its customers with information about itself, the products it markets, and the artisan organizations or members that make the handcraft and art. Honest advertising and marketing techniques are always used.

Principle Ten: Respect for the Environment

The Organization maximizes 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 minimize greenhouse gas emissions.

 

How does Global African Artwork calculate a fair wage and pay artisans?

Honest conversation and transparent agreement + 50% Down payment + 50% payment at time os sales/export= Fair wages and no risk to the maker

We practice an ethical business model in which we have developed the aforementioned formula for the calculation of a fair wage. We actually follow the Ten principles of ethical business as set out by the World Fair Trade Organization.