WHO WE WORK WITH
Fair Trader is a community co-operative, part of the international co-operative movement. It is made up of our members, our customers, our suppliers and our producers.
A not-for-profit organization, we partner smaller and sustainable suppliers, particularly co-operatives.
We spent just over £75,000 with some 90 small suppliers last year. All these were assessed by our members as having a positive impact in economic, social, or environmental terms. Our orders for many of these small suppliers continue to provide them with a dignified way of supporting themselves at a time when many face increased economic hardship. We are also working hard to help potential new suppliers access the UK market, helping with improving design, quality, and promotion.
FEATURED SUPPLIER – FAIR TRADER
Here at Fair Trader, we have created a range of our own-branded goods, featuring the best in British design and branding combined with materials and craftsmanship from small suppliers around the world who desperately need fairly paid work to help feed, educate and provide the basic essentials for their families.
Working closely with our amazing member volunteers we launched our first products: fabulous slippers, slipper socks, and stoneware mugs from Nepal. These were followed by a unique range of brass jewellery made in Peru, and we are soon to offer a brand-new range of beautiful hand-made mugs from India.
We have also developed a range of Fair Trader hampers, packed by our volunteers in eco-friendly cardboard boxes, containing a selection of fairly-traded products along with information about the suppliers explaining how your purchase really makes a difference. Choose from On Your Bike, Taste of Honey, Holmfirth and Palestinian, or if you can’t see what you need, unleash your creative juices and make your own: just call into the shop, pick a box, choose your products, take to the till and pay £3 plus the cost of the contents.
These items represent brilliant value and are ideal for presents, and we hope customers and co-operators from around the UK will visit us in our shop or order these items online. As with all our products, they are assessed by a team of members who look at the economic, environmental, social impacts and traceability of the product and its supply chain, along with their transparency.
With your help, we can help more of our supplier communities work their way out of poverty and offer their families a future.
PREVIOUS SUPPLIERS’ STORIES
Read previous suppliers’ stories: Zaytoun, Nila Rubia, Dalit, York Scarves, Fair Trader, Dark Woods, Twin Café, Kusan, Choc Affair, Otso, Paguro, Our Tiny Bees, ARTHOUSE Meath, Thought, Wee Gallery, From Babies With Love, Taybeh, Heaven Scent