Why fair trade certification (still) exist?

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Why fair trade certification (still) exist?

When you buy beautiful new clothes or other products you expect that the workers are treated well. Is that a strange thought? With the fashion lifestyle we live, we might be making the lives of others ugly without even knowing it.

Recently we were watching a documentary about the fashion industry in Bangladesh. With tears in our eyes we listened to the stories of the families who have lost their loved ones in the tragic accident of Rana Plaza. It is unbelievable to see how some (expensive) fashion brands treat their workers. Unfortunately it doesn’t only happen in the fashion industry, it happens in other industries as well.
 

When you buy beautiful new clothes or other products you expect that the workers are treated well. Is that a strange thought? With the fashion lifestyle we live, we might be making the lives of others ugly without even knowing it.
 

In the last decade, a new movement of fair trade products has taken place. Many companies that are fair-trade certified treat their workers fairly. This should be normal in our opinion
 

Why do these companies need a certificate for treating people the right way? Does it mean that everyone without this certificate treats its employees bad?
 

It is unbelievable that people still have a choice of buying products that are manufactured under conditions that are considered inhuman.
 

Sometimes it seems we are living in an opposite world. If you treat your workers with love, people expect you to have a certificate for it, while others that treat their employees bad are able to produce without any type of certification. Why not label products that are produced under inhuman circumstances?
 

Many people ask us why we don’t have a fair-trade certificate. Do you think a certificate is necessary for one to treat people in a fair manner?
 

Feel free to share your thoughts.

Comments

  1. Craig Youse Craig Youse

    You are absolutely right about Fair Trade certification. I have worked in the sourcing industry for 30+ years. And I can tell you with absolute certainty, a social compliance certification seldom if ever represents a TRUELY social compliant organization!

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