10 Principles fair Trade
The World Fair Trade Organisation prescribes 10 Principles that that organisations and business must adhere to in order for them to be accredited as Fair Trade.
The 10 Principles also form the basis for the Fair Trade Association's Fair Trader of Australia endorsement system.
For further detail on the 10 Principles of Fair Trade, please visit the World Fair Trade Organisation's web site.
Poverty reduction through trade must forms a key part of the organisation's aims. The organisation or business must assist vulnerable producers to move from income insecurity and poverty to economic self-sufficiency and ownership.
Read more on Principle One
The organization must have concern for the social, economic and environmental well-being of marginalised producers. It is responsible and professional in meeting its commitments in a timely manner. Suppliers respect contracts and deliver products on time and to the desired quality.
The organisation must adhere to the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child, and local law on the employment of children
The organisation provides a safe and healthy working environment for employees and / or members. It complies, at a minimum, with national and local laws and International Labor Organisation's conventions on health and safety.
The organisation raises awareness of the aim of Fair Trade and of the need for greater justice in world trade through Fair Trade. It advocates for the objectives and activities of Fair Trade according to the scope of the organisation.
The organization must be transparent in its management and commercial relations.
The organisation finds appropriate, participatory ways to involve employees, members and producers in its decision-making processes
Read more on Principle Two
A fair price is one that has been mutually agreed by all through dialogue and participation which provides fair pay to the producers and can also be sustained by the market.
The organisation does not discriminate in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement.
The organization has a clear policy and plan to promote gender equality and respects the right of all employees to form and join trade unions of their choice and to bargain collectively.
The organsation seeks to increase positive developmental impacts for producers through Fair Trade.
Organisations working directly with small producers develop specific activities to help these producers improve their management skills, production capabilities. and access to markets.
Organisations which produce 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