Fair or Not?
We live in a world where Fair Trade is sadly lacking in many wholesale products, the characteristic of the globalised world that we live in is that a lot of companies are increasingly shifting their production to countries with lower wage levels. The resulting competition and pricing pressure often lead to worse labour conditions and environmental standards.
Affinity Wholesale products can be recognised by the green Fair Trade symbol
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The aim of Affinity Wholesale fair trade products, is to improve the working and living conditions of small farmers, craftspeople and plantation workers in developing countries and establish certain environmental criteria. In the long run, the domestic economy of the producing countries would be better strengthened and the structures of the world economy would be shaped more fair and impartial by an equitable distribution of resources.
Criteria of Fair Trade
A product is only marked with a fair trade symbol if certain conditions are met. These criteria must be met by all producers and traders.
The main criteria are:
Payment of minimum prices mostly above world market levels, which help the producers to cover the costs of more sustainable production;
Bonus payments from which producer organizations get the opportunity to invest in joint projects in fields such as education, health or infrastructure;
long-term trade relationships;
If necessary enablement of pre-financing;
Clear minimum requirements to ensure that production and trade take place responsibly (e.g. Compliance with social work standards, environmental standards).
Fair Trade products are not necessarily grown organically and vice versa. Nevertheless, with the environmental criteria, the goal is pursued to cultivate all soap and cosmetic products as resource-saving and environmentally friendly. Often fair trade also is a prerequisite to eventually shift to organic farming.
Which Wholesale Fair Trade Products Are There and How Can You Identify Them?
Textiles and clothing: Textiles made from Fairtrade cotton, textile companies that are committed to social production.
Natural Cosmetics: Which are fairly traded products.
Furniture and Interiors: Rugs, furniture, cushion covers and Giftware.
Wood and timber products Come from sustainable forestry. At the same time, the economic, social and natural geographical conditions of each particular country are taken into account.
Natural stones that have been produced without exploitation of child and slave labour-
Jewellery and Accessories: Affinity Wholesale is committed to fair trade of precious metals and their environmentally and socially responsible production.
Craft based work is the second largest employer of women in developing economies after only agriculture. A vital source of income for many women from a poorer background in these countries. By buying these fairly traded crafts, it is one way in helping to empower women. Affinity Wholesale’s products are traded in a more ethical way, which supports better working conditions, improves livelihoods and protects the environment.
Affinity Wholesale is committed to making purchasing choices from developing countries that reflect these values.
As a fair trade Wholesale company, we do our best to try to ensure that the artisans who make our products get a fair wage, there is no exploitation (or child labour), women are treated equally, and the local communities and those most in need of work benefit from our trade. Sustainability is a key principle for fair traders.
Affinity Wholesale supports the principles outlined in the European Fairtrade fairtrade-advocacy.org website.
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