All of our Egos Felted Wool Slippers are Fair Trade certified and contribute to sustainable development. Nepal is, unfortunately, one of the poorest countries in the world and in dire need of development. By complying with the Fair Trade principles Egos Copenhagen is contributing positively to the development by providing sustainable jobs.
What is Fair Trade
Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers.
The 10 Fair Trade Principles
Creating Opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers
The aim of the Fair Trade organisation is to reduce poverty through trade and the support of marginalised small producers.
Transparency and Accountability
All businesses that are Fair Trade certified must have a fully transparent supply chain and show accountability.
Fair Trade Practices
Trading must show concern for the social, economic and environmental well-being of marginalised small producers and must not maximise profit at their expense. Fair Trade recognises, promotes and protects the cultural identity and traditional skills of small producers as reflected in their designs and crafts.
A Local Living Wage is a remuneration received for a standard working week (no more than 48 hours) by a worker which is sufficient to afford a decent standard of living for the Worker and her or his family. Elements of a decent standard of living include food, water, housing, education, health care, transport, clothing, and other essential needs, including provision for unexpected events.
No Child Labour or Forced Labour
All Fair Trade certified companies must adhere to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and national/local law on the employment of children. The organisation ensures that there is no forced labour in its workforce and/or members or homeworkers.
Commitment to Non Discrimination
Companies must not discriminate in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, HIV/AIDS status or age.
Good Working Conditions
Employees must be provided with a safe and healthy working environment
Fair Trade certified companies will develop the skills and capabilities of its employees in order to increase positive developmental impacts for small, marginalised producers
Promote Fair Trade
Information about the company, the products it markets, and the producer organisations or members that make the products must be provided to customers. Honest advertising and marketing techniques are always used.
Respect for the Environment
Organisations which produce Fair Trade products maximise the use of raw materials from sustainably managed sources in their ranges, buying locally when possible. They use production technologies that seek to reduce energy consumption and where possible use renewable energy technologies that minimise greenhouse gas emissions. They seek to minimise the impact of their waste stream on the environment.