The 9 Fair Trade Principles

Curious to learn more about Fair Trade? Get to know each of the Fair Trade Principles and how GlobeIn is working towards them. 

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As proud members of the Fair Trade Federation since 2017, we are committed to the 9 Fair Trade principles.

Create Opportunities

Members create opportunities for economically and socially marginalized producers through trading partnerships. 

GlobeIn has a vetting process for working with artisans or other producers, both in the United States and abroad. Organizations or individuals that we work with must offer safe working conditions and a living wage for workers, and encourage environmentally sustainable practices.

Develop Transparent & Accountable Relationships

Members develop transparent and accountable relationships with producers to ensure that relationships are open, fair, consistent, and respectful. 

GlobeIn creates regular supplier newsletters to share information about market trends and the products our customers love. We also visit our artisan partners when we can. Our visits signify our seriousness about our purchasing partnership, and help build transparent relationships.

Build Capacity

Members help producers build capacity through proactive communication, financial and technical assistance, market information, and dialogue. 

Our monthly Artisan Fund is designed to support producers’ businesses. Through the generous donations from our customers, we have been able to provide our artisan partners with workshops, trainings, and health sessions, or provide the tools they need to grow their businesses. 

Promote Fair Trade

Members promote Fair Trade by raising awareness about Fair Trade, educating customers and producers, and inspiring other businesses to adopt Fair Trade practices. 

We love sharing information about Fair Trade with our customers, and we encourage customers and producers to ask questions about conventional and alternative supply chains so they can make more informed choices.

Pay Promptly and Fairly

Members pay producers promptly and fairly by discussing costs and pricing openly and honestly so that producers are able to earn a fair wage. 

Unlike traditional businesses, we pay 30% of the total cost of products to producers upfront to assist with covering the costs of production. 

Support Safe & Empowering Working Conditions

Members support safe and empowering working conditions that are free of discrimination and forced labor, and empower producers to participate in decision-making. 

GlobeIn ensures that the artisan groups we work with prioritize the safety of their workers.

Ensure the Rights of Children

Members ensure the rights of children by never using exploitative child labor.

All children have the right to security, education, and play. All our vendors must report if they work with anyone under the age of 18.

Cultivate Environmental Stewardship

Members cultivate environmental stewardship by actively considering the implications of our decisions on the environment.

We strive to offer products that are recycled, upcycled or are made from by-products. Some of our most popular products are made from sustainable materials, like our recycled colorful glassware collection made by the artisans from Cristaluc.

Respect Cultural Identity

Members respect the cultural identity of producers by celebrating the cultural diversity of communities, while seeking to create positive and equitable change.

GlobeIn celebrates the cultures and lives of artisans around the world and we love sharing this with our customers through our products and artisan booklets.

As we continue to expand as a company, the values of Fair Trade will always be of primary importance. Thank you for joining us in this mission! You can read more about our impact here. 

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