Fairtra­de cotton

The inde­pendent­ly con­trol­led Fairtra­de label stands for the sup­port of small far­mers and workers in the pro­du­cing coun­tries. Tex­ti­le fac­to­ries that pro­cess Fairtra­de cot­ton sepa­r­ate­ly are requi­red to com­ply with ILO core labour stan­dards – an addi­tio­nal pro­tec­tion for tex­ti­le workers.

Sus­tainab­le sup­ply chain deve­lo­p­ment also means sourcing respon­si­b­ly on inter­na­tio­nal mar­kets. Sin­ce 2017, we have met Fairtrade’s cri­te­ria to use the Fairtra­de Cot­ton label.  The seal shows that the cot­ton has been grown and tra­ded accord­ing to the strict inter­na­tio­nal Fairtra­de stan­dards. Cot­ton far­mers bene­fit from long-term and bet­ter tra­de rela­ti­ons as well as envi­ron­men­tal and cli­ma­te pro­tec­tion. Whe­re it says Fairtra­de, it does­n’t just say fair­ness. It also gua­ran­tees that the cot­ton can be traced all the way back to the field. Every cer­ti­fied pro­du­cer must adhe­re to a who­le set of envi­ron­men­tal and social standards.

6 good rea­sons for Fairtrade

The inde­pendent­ly con­trol­led Fairtra­de label stands for the sup­port of small far­mers and workers in the pro­du­cing coun­tries. Tex­ti­le fac­to­ries that pro­cess Fairtra­de cot­ton sepa­r­ate­ly are requi­red to com­ply with ILO core labour stan­dards – an addi­tio­nal pro­tec­tion for tex­ti­le workers.

By paying Fairtra­de mini­mum pri­ces, fluc­tua­tions on the world mar­ket are absor­bed and the cot­ton far­mers’ cos­ts for sus­tainab­le pro­duc­tion are covered.

The addi­tio­nal pre­mi­um of 5 cents per kilo­gram of Fairtra­de cot­ton is used by the coope­ra­ti­ves for com­mu­ni­ty pro­jects, for examp­le, edu­ca­ti­on, health or infra­st­ruc­tu­re projects

The ILO core labour stan­dards, which pro­hi­bit explo­ita­ti­ve child labour and for­ced labour, app­ly throughout the sup­ply chain. 

All pro­ces­sing sta­ges are obli­ged to com­ply with ILO core labour stan­dards. The coope­ra­ti­ves and orga­ni­sa­ti­ons in which cot­ton pro­du­cers join tog­e­ther are demo­cra­ti­cal­ly run and thus streng­t­hen their nego­tia­ting position.

Strong envi­ron­men­tal stan­dards are in place to pro­tect workers’ health and safe­ty, pre­ser­ve natu­re and ban gene­ti­cal­ly modi­fied seeds and hazar­dous che­mi­cals. In addi­ti­on to advice and trai­ning on sus­tainab­le agri­cul­tu­re, the cul­ti­va­ti­on of orga­nic cot­ton is promoted.

Due to the strict spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­ons, 100% tracea­bi­li­ty back to the cot­ton field is possible.

Inde­pen­dent inspec­tors regu­lar­ly check com­pli­an­ce with the Fairtra­de standards.

For more infor­ma­ti­on and back­ground on the cotton’s jour­ney, see →Fairtra­de Germany.

Fairtra­de opti­ons at Kettelhack

At Ket­tel­hack, we offer our cus­to­mers two dif­fe­rent opti­ons to imple­ment their Fairtra­de commitment.

Sus­tainab­le sup­ply chains
Down­loads

Fairtra­de Certificate

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