What is Fair Trade and Why?

Fair Trade means more than just paying living wages.

The most important rules:
Settled working conditions and a limit on overtime
Fixed working contracts
Nondiscrimination rule
Guarantee of hygiene
Right to and support of trade unions
System of minimum prices and bonus

Next to the social, there are important economic and ecological rules:
Proof of goods and money flow
Transparent trade relations
Prohibition on dangerous pesticides
No GMO’s
Support of organic farming

Who guarantees?
Fair Trade Germany and the Fair trade label Organization (FLO)
Fair trade Germany holds the rights on the Fair Trade mark and controls its use.
The Fair trade Label Organization controls compliance with the rules on location. The FLO visits manufactures worldwide, checks the books, and interviews workers at home, where they can speak freely.
A lot of people work hard for their ideal!