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Black Yak – Our Supplier’s Fair Trade Policy

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Black Yak

We love Black Yak products, and have personally met some of the wonderful people who work hard to bring their amazing items from the makers to the UK for you to buy. All of their items are of the highest quality, made by incredibly skilled people who enjoy decent pay, good safe working conditions, and much, much more thanks to the ethics of Black Yak.

Fair Trade Policy

Below you will find extracts of Black Yak’s Fair Trade Policy, so whenever one of our items lists Black Yak as the brand name, you can be confident that the people who made your items were treated the way you yourself would want to be treated.

“Our ethos is to buy only honestly, fairly and ethically produced goods from our producer partners, with whom we work closely to ensure that they earn an honest wage, not just in the busy times but throughout the whole year, that they have safe and pleasant working conditions and that they are able to look forward to a better future.”

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Photo courtesy of Black Yak

“Many small producers are just not able to access international markets to sell the wonderful goods that they produce. Black Yak is able to give them access to markets that they otherwise could not get into and to allow people to realise a very simple desire – to work for a fair wage, to be able to look after themselves and their families and to have a future with dignity, hope and respect. We maintain very close and long-term direct personal relationships with our producers, promoting fair trade principals and putting something back into our supplier’s communities with medical and educational funds. Several of our producer partners started as very small businesses and we are very proud that some are now much larger and are also themselves now putting back into their communities through relief programmes and local projects.”

Black Yak family
Photo courtesy of Black Yak

“At Black Yak environmental issues are extremely close to our hearts and we make sure that we know how what we sell is made. We visit each of our suppliers at least once a year and work with each of them to produce high quality, exciting designs. Technical and financial support is offered so that our suppliers have the knowledge, ability and tools to develop and maintain real businesses and are in a position to supply other markets worldwide.”

Don’t the Black Yak team sound lovely? As I mentioned above, we have met some of them personally and can assure you that they are just as lovely as they sound. In fact, we get just as much of a warm fuzzy feeling from talking to them as we do from wearing one of their hand knitted jumpers.

Julie and Richard in Black Yak woolly jumpers
Richard and Julie from Near & Fair in their own Black Yak jumpers.

Black Yak is a member of the British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers and adheres strongly to the 10 Principles of Fair Trade.