We monitor our performance regularly against the ethical standards set by the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).
The majority of our products are bought direct from abroad, from suppliers who are members of WFTO, or who have been recommended by other WFTO members. Many of these suppliers have been set up as non-profit organisations to enable small-scale producer groups to export effectively, and to help them develop their products for larger markets like the UK. Most producers are organised in family groups or co-operatives, often in rural areas or small towns, and are highly skilled in their craft but have little experience of selling beyond a local market.
We do buy from a few UK importers, choosing those which are genuinely committed to fair trade principles and practice. In addition we sell some UK-manufactured products, particularly if they support our environmental aims on recycled paper and glass for instance.
By buying from us, you are helping to provide much-needed jobs in countries like India, Cambodia, Kenya and Peru - for people who are often on the margins of society with little or no other source of income.
If you'd like to know more about Fair Trade, please contact us via our contact form or phone us on 01904 632896.