Fair Trade

Natural Vines is a proud supporter of the Fairtrade movement.

What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is an international labelling organization, created in 1988. Fairtrade using an intensive list of criteria to designate crops as being sustainable and socially-conscious, and ensures that ethical trading of goods and services takes place. For a crop to be granted the Fairtrade seal of approval, it must undergo intense inspection, and be determined to be grown in a safe, healthy work environment, free from forced or child labour. Furthermore, employees must receive decent wages, and are free to join collectives, bargaining units and unions.

What makes Fairtrade unique?

Fairtrade helps disadvantaged producers through the promotion of fair trading conditions. Fairtrade certified crops allow producers to combat poverty, not just i their own family, but in the entire region. Fairtrade standards are designed to address the imbalance of power in trading relationships, unstable markets and the injustice of conventional trade. So Fairtrade standards apply to traders and producers.

1. Fairtrade is the only system that sets prices (for most products) that aim to cover the costs of sustainable production.

2. Fairtrade helps farmers and workers to tackle poverty, improve the quality of their lives and invest in their futures.

3. To support development objectives, Fairtrade favours organized small farmers in certain products.

4. Fairtrade criteria aims to increase empowerment of workers.

5. Producers are not simply beneficiaries; they are joint partners in Fairtrade.

(www.fairtrade.net)