Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks a 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, especially in the South.
Fair Trade Organizations have a clear commitment to Fair Trade as the principle core of their mission. They, backed by customers, are actively engaged in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade.
The World Fair Trade Organization is a global community of social enterprises that practice Fair Trade. Last Forest has been a part of this community and is certified Fair Trade since 2016. The principles of Fair Trade run deep in all parts of our supply chain. The principles are instrumental for us as we take up our daily practices and how we interact with our stakeholders!
Listen to a special podcast between Erinch Sahan, Chief Executive at the Word Fair Trade Organization and Mathew John, Managing Director at Last Forest on how social enterprises have dealt with the pandemic here.
Here is another podcast on the journey of Last Forest, hosted by Erinch Sahan, Chief Executive at WFTO and Mathew John, Managing Director at Last Forest.
In 2017, Last Forest was the winner of the Mohammed Islam design award for the best new product packaging for our honey. You can check it out here.
Opportunities for disadvantaged producers
Poverty reduction through trade forms a key part of Last Forest’s aims. We support marginalized small producers, whether these are independent family businesses, or grouped in associations or co-operatives. We seek to enable them to move from income insecurity and poverty to economic self – sufficiency and ownership.
Transparency and Accountability
Last Forest is transparent in its management and commercial relations. It is accountable to all its stakeholders and respects the sensitivity and confidentiality of all information supplied. We find appropriate, participatory ways to involve employees, members and producers in our decision making processes. We ensure that relevant information is provided to all our trading partners.
Fair Trade Practices
Last Forest trades with the concern for the social, economic and environmental well being of marginalized small producers and do not maximise profit at their expense. We are responsible and professional in meeting our commitments in a timely manner. Suppliers respect contracts and deliver products on time and to the desired quality and specifications.
A fair payment is one that has been mutually negotiated and agreed by all through on-going dialogue and participation, which provides fair pay to the producers and can also be sustained by the market, taking into account the principle of equal pay for equal work by women and men. The aim is always the payment of a local living wage.
Ensuring no child and forced labour
Last Forest adheres to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and national/local law on the employment of children. We ensure that there is no forced labour in our workforce and/or members or homeworkers.
Commitment to Non-Discrimination, Gender Equity and Women’s Economic Empowerment and Freedom of Association.
Last Forest does 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.
Ensuring Good Working Conditions
Last Forest provided a safe and healthy working environment for employees and/or members. It complies, at a minimum, with national and local laws and ILO conventions on health and safety. Working hours and conditions for employees and/or members (and any homeworkers) comply with conditions established by national and local laws and ILO conventions.
Providing Capacity Building
Last Forest seeks to increase positive developmental impacts for small, marginalized producers through Fair Trade. We develop the skill and capabilities of our won employees and members.
Promoting Fair Trade
Last Forest raises awareness of the aim of Fair Trade and of the need for the greater justice in world trade through Fair Trade. It advocates for the objectives and activities of Fair Trade according to the scope of the organization. The organization provides its customers with information about itself, the products it markets, and the producer organizations or members that make or harvest the products. Honest advertising and marketing techniques are always used.
Respect for the environment
Last Forest markets Fair Trade products and maximizes the use of raw materials from sustainably managed sources in their ranges, buying locally when possible. We use production technologies that seek to reduce energy consumption and where possible, use renewable energy technologies that minimize greenhouse gas emissions. We seek to minimise the impact of their waste stream on the environment. Fair Trade agricultural commodity producers minimize their environmental impacts, by using organic or low pesticide use production methods wherever possible.