WHAT DOES FAIRTRADE MEAN?
Fairtrade, written as one word, is an international standards and certification system in which producers and buyers agree to uphold certain minimum standards and payments and in return their product can be labelled with the Fairtrade Foundation’s Fairtrade Mark (which you can find on our balls).
For companies, these standards include payment no lower than the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects of the community’s choice. For more on Fairtrade-certification and the difference between fair trade (two words) and Fairtrade (one word), see Traidcraft’s what is fair trade?
We all develop an understanding of what’s fair and what’s unfair from an early age. As kids, we all know that if someone takes our toy away and doesn’t give us anything else in return that isn’t fair.
In sports ball production, workers not employed by Fairtrade-certified factories and stitching centres could have no rights and be paid poorly.
Fairtrade empowers consumers and allows them to see that these minimum standards have been met, in the production of their favourite goods. This in turn empowers farmers and workers in developing countries; ensuring they are paid a fair rate of pay and work in safe conditions with access to union representation. Fairtrade prohibits the employment of children under the age of 15 and no child under 18 years can be engaged in work that is hazardous or compromises their health, education or development.
Salaries must be equal or higher than the regional average or than the local minimum pay rate. Health and safety measures must be established in order to avoid work-related injuries. Workers also benefit from the additional Fairtrade Premium which is put into community projects.