Fair Trade Products
What is Fair Trade?
Fairtrade certified producer organizations and traders are committed to preventing and effectively eliminating all forms of forced labor, child labor and human trafficking by working cooperatively with Fairtrade Producer Networks and their producer and worker organizations.
In order to become certified Fairtrade producers, the cooperatives and their fellow farmers have to strictly comply with the standards laid down by Fairtrade International. FLO-CERT, the for-profit side, is responsible for inspecting and certifying producer organizations in more than 70 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Why buy Fair Trade?
The general standards for labor for Fairtrade producers include:
Workers possess the right to join an independent union to collectively bargain their working conditions.
No forced or child labour
Working conditions have to be equitable for all workers. Salaries must be at least equal or higher than the minimum wage in effect.
Safety and health measures must be implemented properly so as to avoid unwanted injuries at work.
What are some Fair Trade companies?
Here is a link to the Fair Trade USA site which has a comprehensive list of Fair Trade Certified companies.
Survivor Made Products
What are Survivor Made products?
Products made by artisans who have overcome the perils of abuse, conflict, and disease. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to; survivors of abuse, such as survivors of domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, and human trafficking; survivors of conflict, such as war widows, refugees, or persons living in conflict/post conflict states; or survivors of disease.