Trade is supposed to be a strong tool to help people in developing nations fight poverty. However, under unfair international trade rules, the returns of producers are lowered. Fair Trade is intended to offer an alternative to this kind of unfair situation. Fair Trade is a model of trading that allows producers who are disadvantaged by the mainstream economy to have opportunities for sustainable development. Fair Trade ensures that producers are able to earn decent incomes with dignity. (Source: Oxfam)
“Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers. (Source: WFTO)
10 Fair Trade principles
- Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers
- Transparency and Accountability
- Sustainable Trading Practices
- Payment of a Fair Price
- Preventing Child Labour and Forced Labour
- Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Freedom of Association
- Provides Safe and Healthy Working Conditions
- Building up Capacities of Producers
- Promotion of Fair Trade
- Sustainable Environmental Practice
WSDO was established in International Women’s Day in 1975, based in Pokhara, a self-sustained business without receiving local or international donations, it’s hand woven wool bags are sold all over the world.
The factory employ disadvantaged and challenged Nepalese women who have no education and working skill, are dependent on or abused by their husbands, wishing to empower them to be independent and self-supportive.
WSDO is a member of Fair Trade Group, Nepal since 1994 and a member of World Fair Trade Organization since 2002.
“HATALE” means “Made by hand” in Nepali language.
Hatale Udhyog is a manufacturer of handmade woolen felt items, paper product and knitwear established since 2000, and became a member of Fair Trade Group, Nepal since 2007.
The factory is located in the foothills of Kathmandu with over 300 employees; more than 80 % of them are women living in the neighborhood. Hatale aims at on one hand develop Nepali traditional craft industries, on the other hand improve the living standard of the producers/workers and their families from the rural areas.
Ja Dae Coffee is a family –run business based in Doi Chang Mountain, Chiang Rai, Thailand since 1995, operating by a local family , from a small scale coffee plantation, to a coffee farm. Ja Dae Coffee opened its very first coffee factory in 2007, enabling the family to have full control in the coffee quality, from planting to processing, peeling, roasting, packing and finally sell the final product for a better profit margin.