Consumers are demanding that more and more raw ingredients come from fairly-traded projects and are demanding more information about the products they buy – where they are sourced, how the producers are treated, are they paid a fair price and what impact does the production of goods have on the environment?
Fair trade allows producers to improve their livelihoods and those of the local communities by providing a different trading system based on an agreed set of principles.
- Fair and safe working conditions for producers and workers
- Regular and transparent communication between the producers and the company through a producers’ representation organisation
- Transparent price negotiations and fair price which allows producers to cover costs of production and a decent standard of living
- Long-term and trusting co-operation between trading partners
- Payment of a Fair Trade Development premium in addition to the sales price for community projects and social development of the producers
- Good environmental performance of the company and good community relations
Earthoil is committed to this set of principles with its fair trade suppliers through Fair for Life certification with the Institute for Marketecology (IMO), which has been granted since 2009. This is an ongoing process for Earthoil, with constant improvements being made. IMO is one of the first and most renowned bodies for inspection, certification and quality assurance of sustainable products.
Creating a difference
We are dedicated to helping improve the lives of those who are involved with our projects – the farmers and their families. A Fair Trade Development premium is paid for both the produce bought from the farmers and that from our own farms into a separate account for social projects. The farmers and workers work together to decide how the Fair Trade premiums are used.
We support a number of CSR projects as well as our own and can help you to access these communities and be part of their development.