The Ten Standards...A Reminder

Ten Standards of Fair Trade (view for full details)

MESH strives to practice these ten standards in day to day work.
  • Creating Opportunities For Economically Disadvantaged Producers
    Fair Trade is used as a tool for poverty alleviation
  • Transparency And Accountability
    Each Fair Trade organisation is accountable to all stakeholders and finds appropriate, participatory ways to involve members in decision-making
  • Trading Practices
    Fair Trade ensures concern for the social and economic well-being of marginalised artisans and does not maximise profit at their expense
  • 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.
  • Child and Forced Labour
    The rights of children are always respected. No forced labour is permitted amongst the workforce.
  • Non-discrimination, Gender Equity and Freedom of Association
    Are all respected in Fair Trade
  • Working ConditionsFair Trade ensures safe and healthy working conditions that comply with national laws and ILO conventions on health and safety
  • Capacity BuildingFair Trade is committed to supporting artisans develop their skills and capabilities to allow access to all markets
  • Promotion of Fair TradeFair Trade organisation work continuously to raise awareness about the aim of Fair Trade and the need for greater justice in world trade
  • The Environment
    Fair Trade seeks to create products that have minimal negative environmental impact.