Fairtrade ensures that the production of goods is fair and kind to those throughout the manufacturing process. By working with farmers and crafts people Fairtrade ensures that they get paid properly for their time, energy and skills. This in turn allows them to afford to live a decent life and provide for their family. Empowerment of producers is at the core of Fairtrade’s work as they make sure that they have an equal voice.
This video explains the chain of production and why Fairtrade makes a difference.
How does something get Fairtrade mark?
This Fairtrade mark appears on products when any ingredient within it that can be Fairtrade is. If only one ingredient, such as the cocoa, is Fairtrade then you may see a slightly different mark – like the one below. Fairtrade standards are independently checked by the Fairtrade Foundation to ensure that all within the chain, from farmer to shelf, are following the correct policies.
Why is it more expensive?
Fairtrade products may have a higher price tag than corporate company products. This is because Fairtrade program’s put policies and standards in place to support farmers to earn a decent wage as well as communities benefitting from Fairtrade premiums. This money enables individual families to live in better conditions and funds safe water supplies, education and healthcare. By buying a Fairtrade product, not only will you have a wonderful gift for yourself but you will also have helped others around the world to experience fairness and kindness.