WHAT DOES FAIRTRADE MEAN?
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 can have no rights and be paid poorly.
Fairtrade is about eliminating trade injustice. It empowers consumers and allows them to reduce poverty. This in turn empower farmers and workers in developing countries and ensures a fair deal for them.
The FAIRTRADE Mark is the most trusted ethical certification mark in the UK. An amazing 93% of UK shoppers recognise and 83% trust the Fairtrade Mark, and at Bala Sport we believe it’s the most robust certification system in the world. By choosing this Mark you can be sure that the men and women who make our sports ball are treated fairly.
With most Fairtrade food products it is farmers co-operative groups and the crops they grow that are Fairtrade certified. The farmers are paid a fair price for their produce with no middlemen involved.
With Fairtrade sports balls it’s a little different with factories and the rural stitching centres which they operate being certified and the Fairtrade Standards for Sports Balls applying to the hired labour, ie. the workers. The workers 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.
Both farmers co-operative members and sports balls workers benefit from the additional Fairtrade Premium (which is calculated at 10% of the price paid to the factory) put into community projects. Decisions on what projects this fund is invested in are made by the Joint Bodies, made up of individual farmers or workers, both women and men.
The Fair Trade Standards for Hired Labour apply to sports ball production.