Fairtrade Clothing and alternative Fashion


Since 2008 Fair & Global social wear has been bringing you Fairtrade Tribal Clothing and Hippy Fashion without compromise.

This means we ensure that standards are met to comply with Fair Trade WFTO guidelines. Fair & Global social wear have always held the policy of “trade not aid”, believing that this is the best way to help and maintain a sustainable and profitable living for the producers and ourselves.

Our love of handloom textiles and maintaining these traditions is sewn into the every fabric of the clothing. Villages outside Chiang Mai, Thailand and Kathmandu, Nepal where our two factories are located are known for their wonderful tailoring skill which you will find incorporated into several of our classic casuals for this season. Supporting handicraft artisans in Nepal is another way that Fair & Global is able to promote traditional skills. Patchwork made from recycled material can be found in some of our Bohemian Jackets and Hippy Coats.

Fair trade also takes into consideration environmental issues. In the past 6 years our company has been working towards finding new ways to reduce the environmental impact our products have on the planet. Organic cotton by GOTS Standard and recycled fabrics are now more available to us and we are happy to increase this range yet again for the new collection.

Farming organically means that no harmful chemicals are used and the land requires less water.

Recycling our packaging and using biodegradable postbags and running our facility with green electricity are also helping to reduce the impact our business has on the environment.

Our Fair Trade Principles:

Create Opportunities for Economically and Socially Marginalized Producers

Fair Trade is a strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Members create social and economic opportunities through trading partnerships with marginalized producers. Members place the interests of producers and their communities as the primary concern of their enterprise.

Develop Transparent and Accountable Relationships

Fair Trade involves relationships that are open, fair, consistent, and respectful. Members show consideration for both customers and producers by sharing information about the entire trading chain through honest and proactive communication. They create mechanisms to help customers and producers feel actively involved in the trading chain. If problems arise, members work cooperatively with fair trade partners and other organizations to implement solutions.

Build Capacity

Fair Trade is a means to develop producers’ independence. Members maintain long-term relationships based on solidarity, trust, and mutual respect, so that producers can improve their skills and their access to markets. Members help producers to build capacity through proactive communication, financial and technical assistance, market information, and dialogue. They seek to share lessons learned, to spread best practices, and to strengthen the connections between communities, including among producer groups.

Promote Fair Trade

Fair Trade encourages an understanding by all participants of their role in world trade. Members actively raise awareness about Fair Trade and the possibility of greater justice in the global economic system. They encourage customers and producers to ask questions about conventional and alternative supply chains and to make informed choices. Members demonstrate that trade can be a positive force for improving living standards, health, education, the distribution of power, and the environment in the communities with which they work.

Pay Promptly and Fairly

Fair Trade empowers producers to set prices within the framework of the true costs of labor, time, materials, sustainable growth, and related factors. Members take steps to ensure that producers have the capacity to manage this process. Members comply with or exceed international, national, local, and, where applicable, Fair Trade Minimum standards for their employees and producers. Members seek to ensure that income is distributed equitably at all times, particularly equal pay for equal work by women and men. Members ensure prompt payment to all of their partners. Producers are offered access to interest-free advance payment for handmade goods, or pre-finance of agricultural harvest with favorable terms.

Support Safe and Empowering Working Conditions

Fair Trade means a safe and healthy working environment free of forced labor. Throughout the trading chain, Members cultivate workplaces that empower people to participate in the decisions that affect them. Members seek to eliminate discrimination based on race, caste, national origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, age, marital, or health status. Members support workplaces free from physical, sexual, psychological, or verbal harassment or abuse.

Ensure the Rights of Children

Fair Trade means that all children have the right to security, education, and play. Throughout the trading chain, Members respect and support the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as local laws and social norms. Members disclose the involvement of children in production. Members do not support child trafficking and exploitative child labor.

Cultivate Environmental Stewardship

Fair Trade seeks to offer current generations the ability to meet their needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Members actively consider the implications of their decisions on the environment and promote the responsible stewardship of resources. Members reduce, reuse, reclaim, and recycle materials wherever possible. They encourage environmentally sustainable practices throughout the entire trading chain.

Respect Cultural Identity

Fair Trade celebrates the cultural diversity of communities, while seeking to create positive and equitable change. Members respect the development of products, practices, and organizational models based on indigenous traditions and techniques to sustain cultures and revitalize traditions. Members balance market needs with producers’ cultural heritage.

 

We Personally Inspect all the factories where our clothing is made. We do this on a regular basis to ensure that the workers are treated fairly and with respect. Our factory in Nepal is a member of the World Fair Trade Organisation WFTO and undergoes in addition external monitoring.

Under the ILO ( International Labour Guidlines ), it is illegal to employ children under 16 years old and this law is upheld by all of our suppliers. Workers are paid a good hourly rate. The wages are fixed by the local Government according to unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled. All employees’ wages either meet or go above these levels of pay. There are also equal opportunities for men and women who are paid the same wage for the same work - which is very important to fairtrade principles.

Pension schemes are in place which employees may join and the companies make contributions. The manufacturers benefit from a variety of grants and tax relief as a result of exporting goods for foreign currency.

This is an incentive for the factories to maintain good working conditions and responsible working practices.

With regular visits throughout the year, Fair & Global social wear, together with WFTO are able to monitor these standards and work towards improvements.