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Easy Guide to Buying Fair Trade

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Supporting producers and manufacturers who work to make our furniture (very close to our hearts!), coffee or cotton T-shirts is a cause we care deeply about at Myakka.  By buying fair trade we can ensure that everyone in the supply chain is treated fairly and that fair prices are being paid for their goods & services. 

Here are some really easy ways to recognise fair trade products … 
  • If it's recognised by the Fairtrade Foundation it will carry the Fairtrade logo. This applies to commodities such as food and drink, cotton, flowers and even gold. Just making sure that the tea you drink and the roses you buy are fair trade can make a difference.

  • For products such as furniture and homewares, the Fairtrade mark isn't applicable. However there are ten very clear principles of Fair Trade set out by the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO). Here at Myakka, we prescribe to these principles and enjoy a close working relationship with our suppliers.
o   Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers
o   Dealing with Transparency and Accountability – all trade is done openly
o   Following Fair Trading Practices
o   Paying of a Fair Price
o   Ensuring no Child Labour and Forced Labour
o   Showing Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Women’s Economic Empowerment and Freedom of Association
o   Ensuring Good Working Conditions – safe and healthy
o   Providing Capacity Building
o   Promoting Fair Trade
o   Respecting the Environment

  • In the UK, it's also good to look out for BAFTS (British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers). They ask suppliers to complete an in-depth evaluation before gaining membership, along with annual renewal process.  Myakka is proud to have been a  member of BAFTS since 2006.

  • There are also other trade bodies providing a clear indication of a business' commitment to ethical practices.  One in particular is the Ethical Company Organisation which assesses a business based on corporate social responsibility, providing the Ethical Award to those who are deemed to excel.  This body also compiles the Good Shopping Guide - the world's leading ethical shopping guide.  Myakka is pleased to have been listed in the Good Shopping Guide and have been awarded the Ethical Award since 2009.

  • Research! Check the information the retailer's website - most businesses who follow the principles of Fair Trade operate in an open and transparent way and are usually very happy to share information with their customers.  Look for online reviews to see what opinion others have too.

  • Finally, if you’re not sure whether the product you are buying is fair trade or not just ASK!.  Speak to the retailer and ask why they feel their products meet fair trade guidelines.  It's a pretty popular bandwagon to jump on at the moment and and a short conversation should give you a good idea of whether the retailer in question truly follows the principles of fair trade. 
Buying fair trade is an effective way of doing your bit to make the world's trade a fairer place. It's the Myakka way and we are always working to ensure the products we sell are sourced through open, repsectful and fair channels.

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At 21 October 2013 at 12:35 , Blogger raj patil said...

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