Our Fair Trade Pledge...
What is Fair Trade?
Fair trade is an approach to business and to development based on dialogue, transparency, and respect, seeking to create greater equity in the international trading system. More than just trade, at the core of the fair trade model is a direct, cooperative, and in-depth relationship between buyers and sellers that keeps all of the principles of fair trade at the forefront.
Finger Puppets Inc. practices Fair Trade principles to help support the craftspeople in rural Peru who are socially and economically marginalized. These producers lack economic opportunity and often face steep hurdles in finding markets and customers for their goods.
We play a direct, hands-on role in the production of our finger puppets and only work with artisan groups who also practice and pledge to uphold the same standards. We are fully committed to fair trade, and dedicated to creating positive change and keeping fair trade principles at the core of every business decision.
We Practice Fair Trade Principles:
To Create Opportunity for Economically and Socially Marginalized Producers
Finger Puppets Inc. creates social and economic opportunities through trading partnerships with marginalized producers and their communities. We always keep the interests of our producers, their needs, and their communities at the forefront, using fair trade as a strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development.
Develop Transparent and Accountable Relationships
Fair trade involves relationships that are open, fair, consistent and respectful. We share information about the entire trading chain through honest and proactive communication while creating mechanisms to educate producers and help them feel actively involved in the trading chain.
At its core, Finger Puppets Inc. sees fair trade practice as a means to develop producers’ independence. We maintain long-term relationships based on solidarity, trust, and mutual respect so that producers can improve their skills and work alongside us to access new markets. We work diligently to help our craftspeople build capacity through proactive communication, financial and technical assistance, market information, and dialogue. We share lessons learned, work to spread best practices, and to strengthen the connections between communities, especially among our producer groups.
Promote Fair Trade
We encourage an understanding by all participants of their role in world trade.
We actively promote and raise awareness about fair trade and the possibility of greater justice in the global economic system. Finger Puppets Inc. strives to demonstrate, through our own business practice, that global trade can be a positive force for improving living standards, health, education, distribution of power, and the environment in the communities we touch.
Pay Promptly and Fairly
Finger Puppets Inc. works with our artisan-producers to establish prices within the framework of the true cost of production, sustainable growth and other related factors while taking steps to ensure our producers have the capacity to manage this process. We comply with, and strive to exceed international, national, and local minimum standards. We insist and seek to ensure that income is distributed equitably at all times and insist upon equal pay for equal work by women and men. Finger Puppets Inc. prides itself on its record of prompt payment to all of its partners and provides access to interest-free advance payment for its artisan-producers.
Support Safe and Empowering Working Conditions
Fair trade means a safe and healthy working environment free of forced labor. Throughout the trading chain, we cultivate workplaces that empower people to participate in the decisions that affect them. We encourage workplaces to seek to eliminate discrimination based on race, caste, national origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, age, marital, or health status. Finally all workplaces must be free from physical, sexual, psychological, or verbal harassment or abuse.
Ensure the Rights of Children
Fair Trade means that all children have the right to security, education, and play. Throughout the trading chain, we respect and support the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as local laws and social norms and will disclose the involvement of children in production. Finger Puppets Inc. does not support child trafficking and exploitative child labor.
Cultivate Environmental Stewardship
Finger Puppets Inc. has received third party certification from Green Plus, a nationally recognized, university backed organization that has assessed our practice with respect to planet, people and performance and actively works with us and coaches us to continually find ways to improve. We always actively consider the implications of our decisions on the environment and promote the responsible stewardship of resources. We pledge to reduce, reuse, reclaim, and recycle materials wherever possible and encourage environmentally sustainable practices throughout the entire trading chain.
Respect Cultural Identity
Finger Puppets Inc. takes great pride in celebrating the cultural diversity of communities, while seeking to create positive and equitable change. We enthusiastically respect the development of products, practices, and organizational models based on indigenous traditions and techniques to sustain cultures, and revitalize traditions. We always strive to balance market needs with the greatest respect for our producers’ cultural heritage.