We are a social enterprise focused on Fair Trade, whose main objective is to support disadvantaged groups of Brazilian artisans on accessing markets. Our commitment is to the sustainable development of these groups of artisans and the communities in which they are inserted. Through negotiations with national and international clients, Bio Fair Trade establishes long-term partnerships between producers and buyers, within the principles of Fair Trade. Since 2007, we have worked so that thousands of people throughout Brazil have the opportunity to live a more dignified life through their work, playing an important role of social citizenship.
Our mission is to promote the insertion of products of disadvantaged artisans in the markets, within the principles of Fair Trade, supporting the development of their production and generating sustainable businesses that contribute significantly to the improvement of quality of life for producers and their families.
Our Vision for five years is to be a reference in transforming the lives of the communities in which we operate, through fair trade practices, and to be the largest fair trade marketer in Brazil, directly benefiting more than 3,000 artisans and their families.
Our values are based on the Christian foundations of love, solidarity and communion; Environmental sustainability with social and economic development; Transparency; Ethic; Commitment to results; Valorization of people; Team work; Long term partnerships and relationships and Excellence in the services provided.
The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) was created in 1989 and is a global association present in over 70 countries. It is a network of producers, marketers, exporters, importers, wholesalers and retailers that are committed to the principles of Fair Trade.
Fair Trade is an international movement that emerged in the mid-20th century in the United States and Europe and is defined by the World Trade Organization (WFTO) as a "trade partnership based on dialogue, transparency and respect, which seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development through better exchange conditions and the guarantee of rights for marginalized producers and workers, especially in the southern hemisphere."
To better understand how it works, it is indispensable to know the 10 principles on which it is based:
Fair Trade seeks to improve the living conditions of the producer through the commercialization of their products. Thus, buyers are not only concerned with the product but also with the producer and are looking for ways to support them in their development, so that they can have a steady income.
Both the supplier and the buyer are transparent in the way they do business. Fairtrade organizations should find ways to involve employees and producers in their decision-making.
The business of the organization must conceive the social, economic and environmental well-being of small marginalized producers and not maximize profits at their expense. Suppliers must respect the contracts and deliver the products in time and with the desired quality and specifications.
A fair price must be mutually agreed by all parts involved in the marketing, ensuring a fair and compatible remuneration with the production effort.
No forced labor is allowed in production. Any involvement of children in the production should never impact their well-being, safety, school attendance and their need to play.
The practice of Fair Trade should promote equal rights between men and women, valuing and inserting women in the labor market. In addition, promote non-discrimination based on race, religion, political position, class, nationality, sexual orientation, marital status and / or special needs.
The organization shall provide a safe and healthy working environment for workers and / or their members.
Organizations working directly with small producers should develop specific activities to assist them in improving their management skills, production capacity and market access.
Organizations should promote awareness of the goals of the Fair Trade Movement and the need for greater justice in world trade through this practice.
Organizations should maximize the use of raw materials from sustainably managed sources on their scales and buy locally when possible.