Fair Trade is a strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development.
Fair Traders follow these 9 guidelines prescribed by the Fair Trade Federation:
- Create Opportunities for Economically and Socially Marginalized Producers - Placing the interests of producers and their communities as the primary concern.
- Develop Transparent and Accountable Relationships - Relationships that are open, fair, consistent, and respectful.
- Build Capacity - Helping producers to build capacity through proactive communication, financial and technical assistance, market information, and dialogue.
- Promote Fair Trade - Raising awareness about Fair Trade and the possibility of greater justice in the global economic system.
- Pay Promptly and Fairly - Empowering producers to set prices within the framework of the true costs of labor time, materials, sustainable growth, and related factors.
- Support Safe and Empowering Working Conditions - Cultivating workplaces that empower people to participate in the decisions that affect them, and seeking to eliminate discrimination based on race, caste, national origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, age, marital, or health status.
- Ensure the Rights of Children - Respecting and supporting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as local laws and social norms. All children have the right to security, education, and play.
- Cultivate Environmental Stewardship - Encouraging environmentally sustainable practices throughout the entire trading chain.
- Respect Cultural Identity - Celebrating the cultural diversity of communities, while seeking to create positive and equitable change.
Plowsharing Crafts is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation.