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 developing countries farmers not grouped together in co-operatives and selling through the Fairtrade system can have their coffee for instance taken by a buyer who doesn’t actually pay them, and they’re powerless to do anything. 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 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 grow the banana or cocoa, or make the sports ball are treated fairly
With most Fairtrade food products it’s 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 which operate rural stitching centres 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 ensures that no child or bonded labour is used.
Salaries must be equal or higher than the regional average or than the minimum wage in effect. 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, an extra 10% paid to the workers through Fairtrade Committees or Joint Bodies. 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.