It’s been a long time coming but AfriBeads has finally been recognised as a Fair Trader of Australia!
We’ve been fair trade all along, but it’s nice to have the recognition. The purpose of the Fair Trader endorsement is to recognise the businesses and organisations that don’t just ‘fairwash’. ‘Fairwashing’ is when companies make some of their products fair trade to appear aligned with the ethical movement, when actually their values and practices are not committed to the labour, pricing, environmental and social justice conditions of fair trade. AfriBeads has now been verified and approved by the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand that our production and practices are in line with the principles of fair trade and aid the struggle against global inequality and poverty. By purchasing our accredited Fair Trader products, you can be assured that your purchase is helping small scale producers and their communities.
Principle One: Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers
Principle Two: Transparency and Accountability
Principle Three: Fair Trading Practices
Principle Four: Payment of a Fair Price
Principle Five: Ensuring no Child Labour and Forced Labour
Principle Six: Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Women’s Economic
Empowerment, and Freedom of Association
Principle Seven: Ensuring Good Working Conditions
Principle Eight: Providing Capacity Building
Principle Nine: Promoting Fair Trade
Principle Ten: Respect for the Environment
Besides the official and exciting accreditation there are a few perks to being a Fair Trader. These are:
- The ability to use the Fair Traders logo on business premises and website;
- Your products directly promoted to the Fair Trade Association’s Fair Trade Communities;
- Special entry rates to the Australian Gift & Homewares Association 2015/2016 Home and Giving Fairs
- All the benefits of ordinary membership benefits at a further reduced rate
If you or your workplace are interested in becoming a fair trade member or a fair trader then check it out at the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand website. We look forward to working with you in making the world a fairer place.