What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade is a partnership based on transparency and respect that seeks justness in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions and rights to producers and workers. As a consumer, you can make a difference through your buying choices. Your demand for will extend the reach to marginalised producers in earning a fair and sustainable livelihood.
It is fair way to buy and sell produce, from ‘developing’ countries. This allows farmers to earn what they deserve for their labour, under suitable working conditions. When chocolate companies pay fair prices for cacao/cocoa, this helps eliminate child labour. As a result, workers are treated well and children aren’t forced to work and can go to school.
Fair trade is about:
- Better Prices
- Decent working conditions
- Enriching communities
- Local sustainability
- And fair terms of trade for farmers and workers
Organic Times products are certified
Our chocolate, rapadura sugar, and any relative products are fair-trade. The Hand in Hand programme works collaboratively with local partners who look after farm workers’ rights and well-being through education and support. As a result, this creates economic self-sufficiency while protecting the natural ecosystem and encouraging biodiversity. Organic production and fair-trade are inextricably linked: what’s better for the planet has to be better for the people living and working on it.
Learn more about our products and commitment, go to our blog page – Fair-trade Easter Chocolate
If you’re interested in further reading, the World Fair Trade Organisation (WTFO) has developed 10 fair trade principles that must be followed to ensure accountability.