We try to only buy from fair trade wholesalers that have been importing for a good while as this shows to us they are serious about their commitment to the artisans and it helps create long-term sustainable family businesses.
Not all our products are fair trade, some we buy because of their eco-credentials. Others we describe as ‘ethical’ because whilst the supplier has not yet reached the highest standards of fair trade, we are happy that they trade in an ethical manner where staff are treated fairly, the workplace is safe and there is no exploitation of women or children.
We also have items that are made by us these hand made items have their materials sourced locally where possible and as best we can make sure the materials are ethically sourced.
This way we know that our purchases actually make a difference to the lives of real people, which in turn means YOUR purchases make a difference too, as without them we couldn’t carry on trading.
Below are a couple of links to the fair trade policies of our suppliers. Fair trade is not only about the workers being paid a respectable amount for their work, but it’s also about working conditions, hours, sick pay, and avoiding child labour. Have a read of the policies and see for yourself. I’m sure you will agree that the business models are done for the benefit of all parties and your custom means we at Near & Fair can also do our little bit to help carry on this good work.
We are now a proud member of BAFTS Fair Trade Network UK