FAIR TRADE / FAIR TRADE MAX HAVELAAR
Fairtrade means fairer trading conditions and opportunities for cotton producers in developing countries to invest in their business and communities for a sustainable future. Buying Fairtrade products is a powerful way to support small farmers’ families and workers in developing countries. Fairtrade helps producers to earn a decent living, improve working conditions and to secure a better life for themselves. A proportion of the purchasing price of Fairtrade certified cotton is invested by farmers and workers in social, environmental and economic development projects.
There are strict Fairtrade certification standards designed to improve local sustainability and protect the environment where Fairtrade cotton is grown. The organic cotton for our products is from Fairtrade Labelling Organisation (FLO) certified smallholder plantations in India. FLO develops fair trade standards and accompanies both producer organisations and smallholder with fulfilling needs for fair trade. The processing chain is transparent and corresponds to recognized social criteria.
All the cotton of Little Gingers and Soul Space is Fairtrade Max Havelaar certified and sourced from Fairtrade producers.
SA8000 Standard is an international certification standard for factories and and organizations across the globe. It was established by Social Accountability International (SAI) in 1997, an advisory board consisting of trade unions, NGOs, civil society organizations and companies as a multi-stakeholder initiative. Over the years, the Standard has evolved into an overall framework that helps certified organizations demonstrate their dedication to the fair treatment of workers across industries and in any country.
SA8000 is based on the principles of international human rights norms as described in International Labour Organisation conventions, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It measures the performance of companies in eight areas important to social accountability in the workplace: child labour, forced labour, health and safety, free association and collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours and compensation.