Ten Standards of Fair Trade
(view www.wfto.com for full details)
MESH strives to practice these ten standards in day to day work.
1. Creating Opportunities For Economically Disadvantaged Producers
Fair Trade is used as a tool for poverty alleviation
2. Transparency And Accountability
Each Fair Trade organisation is accountable to all stakeholders and finds appropriate, participatory ways to involve members in decision-making
3. Trading Practices
Fair Trade ensures concern for the social and economic well-being of marginalised artisans and does not maximise profit at their expense.
4. Payment of a Fair Price
Prices are fixed in mutual agreement through dialogue and participation to ensure a fair wage to the artisan and price that can be sustained by the market.
5. Child and Forced Labour
The rights of children are always respected. No forced labour is permitted amongst the workforce.
6. Non-discrimination, Gender Equity and Freedom of Association
Are all respected in Fair Trade
7. Working Conditions
Fair Trade ensures safe and healthy working conditions that comply with national laws and ILO conventions on health and safety
8. Capacity Building
Fair Trade is committed to supporting artisans develop their skills and capabilities to allow access to all markets
9. Promotion of Fair Trade
Fair Trade organisation work continuously to raise awareness about the aim of Fair Trade and the need for greater justice in world trade
10. The Environment
Fair Trade seeks to create products that have minimal negative environmental impact.