"WEFTshop's commitment to working collaboratively on design, production and decision-making processes is an empowering point of difference."
- Celia Hodson, School for Social Entrepreneurs
Our enterprise is part of a Fair Trade global movement tackling poverty and empowering producers. Our work addresses barriers to employment in the Thai-Burma border region, where million of people are displaced from the decades-long conflict in Burma. Creating unique textile products is one of the few ways for artisans to access a fair wage safely.
WEFTshop is in the process of gaining Fair Trader of Australia status with The Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand. It is an important process for confirming our commitment to Fair Trade standards.
Our work embraces these Fair Trade principles:
- Creating opportunities for economically disadvantage producers
- Transparent and respectful business practices
- Transferring skills and developing the capacity of producers
- Promoting Fair Trade in our markets and amongst our community
- Paying a fair price in accordance with principles of equal pay for equal work
- Promoting gender equity in the work we do by ensuring the skills and work of women is properly valued and rewarded
- Safe and healthy working conditions
- Understanding and adhering to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
- Responsible methods of production and encouragement of better environmental practices, and
- Maintaining responsibly priced products and trading with concern for the social, economic and environmental well-being of marginalized communities.