Our Fair Business Model 2015
The world we want to create.
We want to create a fair business which supports ethical practices and considers that every action has an impact – we want ours to be good ones.
We advocate fair business and fair trade. This is in terms of the established WFTO fair trade principles in relation to our work with fair trade producers. In line with the aims of Fairtrade International. But importantly and individually to us we are about learning from and building on these principles to ensure trade is fair for all across the world regardless of locality or cultural background.
We believe that everyone deserves a fair wage from our milk farmers in the UK, to the graduate breaking into their industry, to those abroad working to provide us with luxury goods we take for granted such as gold and mobile phones.
We have the utmost respect for our planet and the natural environment. We will work to support and raise awareness of agriculture, manufacturing and commercial actives which have a sustainable planet, especially sustainable management of water and energy at the core of their thinking.
We will support the development of charities which ensure the health and well being of people of all ages.
We believe that poverty is an injustice and aim to reduce poverty both at home and overseas by supporting marginalized small producers, whether these are independent family businesses, or grouped in associations or co-operatives with fair prices.
We like to challenge and innovate ourselves and as our business grows will will ensure that our employees and collaborators benefit from lifelong learning opportunities.
We believe that men and women are equal (even if they might be better at different things). We will support every person involved in our business on their merits and ensure inclusiveness and gender equality for all.
We want our business to succeed and therefore we will measure and evaluate our working practices in an ongoing fashion with detailed reviews every three months to ensure sustainable economic growth and a fun, productive employment environment, where ideas are always welcomed.
We intend to build our infrastructure with measured and sustainable growth small to big taking care with every step to consider the long term impacts.
We have seen first hand the devastating effects of climate change and therefore we will advocate and campaign for sustainable fishing, for carbon neutral working practice and wider general awareness of the simple things individuals can do which will help to reduce the impact of climate change.
We know we can’t do it all and so through collaboration with like minded suppliers and partners we will strengthen the means of implementing our model.
How we’ll do it
Transparency and Accountability
We are honest and upfront with our clients and suppliers. We are transparent in all our management practices and commercial relations. We will always seek to find appropriate, participatory ways to involve employees, clients and suppliers in decision-making processes. The communication channels are good and open at all levels of the supply chain.
Fair Trading Practices
We seek to promote fair trading on a global level and that means fair prices and working practices for ALL our associates, including ourselves. We support the living wage campaign and select our service pricing structures based on best practice in the market in order to ensure the value of our work and time is covered in a sustainable fashion.
A fair price is one that has been mutually agreed by all through dialogue and participation, which provides fair pay and can also be sustained by the market. Fair pay means provision of socially acceptable remuneration (in the local context) considered by the recipients to be fair and which takes into account the principle of equal pay for equal work by women and men.
Fair Trade Producers
When working with fair trade producers we trade with concern for the social, economic and environmental well-being of marginalized small producers and agrees to their fair prices. We will never seek to ask for a reduction on a price provided by a fair trade supplier under the understanding that best price is provided at all times. Where southern Fair Trade suppliers receive a pre payment, they ensure that this payment is passed on to the producers or farmers who make or grow their Fair Trade products.
Where orders are cancelled through no fault of producers or suppliers, adequate compensation is guaranteed for work already done. Fair Trade recognizes, promotes and protects the cultural identity and traditional skills of small producers as reflected in their craft designs, food products and other related services.
Ensuring no Child Labor and Forced Labor
We adhere 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 labor in its workforce and / or members or homeworkers.
We do 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.
Promoting Fair Trade & Sustainable Business Development
Where possible raise awareness of the aims of the WFTO Fair Trade principles, Fairtrade certified products, BAFTS, Organic products, sustainabilty and of the need for greater justice for and by people across the world. Honest advertising and marketing techniques are always used.
Respect for the Environment
Our suppliers of Fair Trade products maximize 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. They seek to minimize the impact of their waste stream on the environment. Fair Trade agricultural commodity producers minimize their environmental impacts, by using organic or low pesticide use production methods wherever possible.
We continue to work with fair trade and environmental campaigners and businesses to promote sustainable agriculture.
You can read more in our policies (check out the footer)