FOUR FAIR TRADE PRINCIPLES ON WHICH WE CAMPAIGN
We promote Fairtrade, and any other trading system which has at its heart genuine concern for poor and marginalised producers and workers. Below you will find the bottom-line principles by which we work:
Fairtrade does this by taking account of all production costs through extensive consultation and regular review with producer organisations worldwide, and fixing a guaranteed minimum price for each product.
SAYING ‘NO’ TO CHILD LABOUR
Fairtrade does this by requiring, amongst many other things, that no child under 18 can undertake work which jeopardises his or her schooling, or social, moral or physical development.
ENSURING WHOLE COMMUNITIES BENEFIT
Fairtrade does this specifically through the payment of a ‘social premium’, to be invested in business and community development projects, such as new classrooms, clinics and clean water supplies.
BUILDING ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
Fairtrade does this by encouraging long-term trading relationships, so that producers and their organisations, such as cooperatives, are not trapped in short term arrangements, but are able to plan for the future.