UPHOLDING THE FAIR TRADE PRINCIPLES
In addition to being a public-benefit corporation in the state of Minnesota, we are committed to upholding the Fair Trade Federation Principles in everything we do. These include:
Cultivating new market opportunities
Developing transparent and accountable relationships
In Haiti: We maintain constant contact with the farmers in Moreau to keep them updated on our business operations, decisions, and performance. During visits to Haiti, we hold discussions, in both small and large groups, to allow members of the community to ask us questions, provide feedback on our operations, and discuss their worries or criticisms.
In the US: We pride ourselves on being transparent with our supporters, customers, and retailers about our processes, products, and financial expenditures. From our digital presence to our annual reports, we keep our followers updated on our work and welcome questions, feedback, and ideas at all times.
Promoting fair trade
Paying promptly and fairly
Supporting safe and empowering working conditions
Ensuring the rights of children
The only acceptable exception to this is basic chores that children complete in their homes; children under 18 are vital in helping their households and around the farms in Haiti. This is a deep-rooted cultural tenet that is seen as basic chores and expected as all family members play certain roles. We recognize that there are cultural expectations for children to help their parents with duties around the home and farm. As such, we understand that children may be involved with what would be considered basic chores for the family. Based on speaking with our partner farmers, we know these tasks typically involve getting water, gathering tools, and cleaning. Though we accept this level of involvement of children in families’ production and harvesting of products, we also are clear that any involvement including basic chores cannot be at the expense of schooling. Over 95% of children in Moreau are in school, so our expectation is that no children will be working at home or on production during school hours.
Cultivating environmental stewardship
This is long, slow work that relies on the generational knowledge of the farmers to tend to their crops, animals, and trees in geographically and culturally appropriate ways. We further uphold our commitment to environmental sustainability in our operations in the US. All of our products are packaged in materials that are either compostable or recyclable (cardboard, paper, glass, metal, etc.) and we thoroughly vet our suppliers’ environmental impact before we purchase from them.
Respecting cultural, racial, and ethnic identities
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