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Fair Trade Standards

mi-esperanza-in-honduras.jpgLiz Alig has chosen to follow a few standards as outlined by global fair trade organizations, as well as, a few of our own:

1) We follow the ten fair trade standards as listed by the World Fair Trade Organization.

2) We ensure our producers follow the main principles of fair labor SA8000 as noted by Social Accountability International.

3) We follow the fair trade wage guide to calculate a living wage for producers.

4) We donate a portion of our sales directly back to producers and their communities for skills training.

Unlike in some other industries, currently there is no fair trade certification for clothing and craft products.

Summary of Fair Trade Standards by Fair Trade USA:

Fair price: Democratically organized farmer groups receive a guaranteed minimum floor price and an additional premium for certified organic products. Farmer organizations are also eligible for pre-harvest credit.

Fair labor conditions: Workers on Fair Trade farms enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions, and living wages. Forced child labor is strictly prohibited.

Direct trade: With Fair Trade, importers purchase from Fair Trade producer groups as directly as possible, eliminating unnecessary middlemen and empowering farmers to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace.

Democratic and transparent organizations: Fair Trade farmers and farm workers decide democratically how to invest Fair Trade revenues.

Community development: Fair Trade farmers and farm workers invest Fair Trade premiums in social and business development projects like scholarship programs, quality improvement trainings, and organic certification.

Environmental sustainability: Harmful agrochemicals and GMOs are strictly prohibited in favor of environmentally sustainable farming methods that protect farmers’ health and preserve valuable ecosystems for future generations.