GOEX accepted into Fair Trade Federation
We are excited to share GOEX is now a verified member of the Fair Trade Federation. With fewer than 200 members worldwide, the Fair Trade Federation’s (FTF) acceptance of GOEX reflects our deep commitment to the highest standards of fair trade and the pursuit of a more just and sustainable world.
What does GOEX’s membership mean?
Behind every product you purchase from any business, there are faces, names, and futures. For GOEX and other Fair Trade Federation members, the heart of our business, our primary goal, is to improve the lives and communities of the people who create our products.
Fair Trade Federation members go through rigorous screening evaluating our business sourcing, practices and mission. The FTF calls it 360° fair trade, meaning we’re committed to being fair and responsible in everything we do — socially, economically, and environmentally. 360° fair trade means not only fair wages, but also long-term, holistic partnerships that empower small businesses, entrepreneurs, and artisans to strengthen their communities and grow their businesses sustainably.
How do we qualify?
Our entire business undergoes extensive evaluations to ensure we source all products in compliance with the entirety of FTF’s Code of Practice. Here are the nine Fair Trade Federation principles:
- Create Opportunities for Economically and Socially Marginalized Producers
- Develop Transparent and Accountable Relationships
- Build Capacity
- Promote Fair Trade
- Pay Promptly and Fairly
- Support Safe and Empowering Working Conditions
- Ensure the Rights of Children
- Cultivate Environmental Stewardship
- Respect Cultural Identity
Learn more about the 360° fair trade principles and FTF’s eligibility requirements.
Why are Fair Trade Federation members different from other companies that sell fair trade?
“Fair trade” now means many things. It is important to distinguish between fair trade certified products and fully committed fair trade companies. Fully committed fair trade companies have built ethical behavior into their DNA. It is part of every decision and process. Companies that sell certified products sometimes source only a small percent on certified terms.
The Fair Trade Federation is a membership organization, not a certifying body. Rather than certifying individual products, businesses must go through a rigorous screening process in order to become members. This screening is a holistic evaluation of GOEX’s fair trade practices.
Thank you for doing your part.
We would not be sharing this news without you! Thank you for choosing to care for others and our world through the power of your purchase.
We are committed to every person who plays a role in producing your t-shirts, committed to the children and families who benefit from 100% of profit, and committed to providing you with complete transparency and a product you’re proud to wear.
Keep an eye on our blog to learn more about of Fair Trade Federation membership and 360° fair trade.