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Free Trade

10 Principles of Fair Trade

EPHAS is a member of the Fair Trade Association. 

We are committed to following the principles of fair trade as set out by the World Fair Trade Organisation, for a full description of these principles please visit the WFTO website.

WFTO prescribes 10 Principles that Fair Trade Organizations must follow in their day-to-day work and carries out monitoring to ensure these principles are upheld:

Principle One: Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers

Poverty reduction through trade is a key part of EPHAS’ aims. We support marginalized small producers and seek to enable them to move from income insecurity and poverty to economic self-sufficiency and ownership.

Principle Two: Transparency and Accountability

EPHAS is transparent in our management and commercial relations. We seek to find appropriate, participatory ways to involve producers in relevant decision-making processes. Our communication channels are good and open at all levels of the supply chain.

Principle Three: Fair Trading Practices

EPHAS trades with concern for the social, economic and environmental well-being of marginalized small producers and does not maximize profit at their expense.

Principle Four: Payment of a Fair Price

A fair price is one that has been mutually agreed by all through dialogue and participation, which provides fair pay to the producers and can also be sustained by the market.

Principle Five: Ensuring no Child Labor and Forced Labor

EPHAS’ overseas partners adhere to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and national / local law on the employment of children. They ensure that there is no forced labour in their workforce.  Any involvement of children in the production of Fair Trade products (including learning a traditional art or craft) is always disclosed and monitored and does not adversely affect the children's well-being, security, educational requirements and need for play.

Principle Six: Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Women’s Economic Empowerment, and Freedom of Association

EPHAS and our overseas partners do 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.

Principle Seven: Ensuring Good Working Conditions

EPHAS’ overseas partners provide 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.

Principle Eight: Providing Capacity Building

EPHAS and our overseas partners seek to increase positive developmental impacts for small, marginalized producers through Fair Trade, seeking to develop the skills and capabilities of employees or members.

Principle Nine: Promoting Fair Trade

EPHAS raises awareness of the aim of Fair Trade and of the need for greater justice in world trade through Fair Trade. EPHAS seeks to provide our customers with information about ourselves, our products, and our overseas partners. Honest advertising and marketing techniques are always used.

Principle Ten: Respect for the Environment

EPHAS’ overseas partners maximize the use of raw materials from sustainably managed sources in their ranges, buying locally when possible. They use production technologies that seek to reduce energy consumption and where possible use renewable energy technologies that minimize greenhouse gas emissions. They seek to minimize the impact of their waste stream on the environment.

From our customers

  • EPHAS offers fantastic customer service, postage is reasonable and quick and the products are simply beautiful. It is easy to promote such gorgeous pieces when they have a story behind them like EPHAS does, and my customers appreciate my sourcing products that are Fair Trade and align with their beliefs. (So not only are the products amazing, but they also sell well.) Wouldn't hesitate to recommend purchasing EPHAS products

    Mel, Owner, Surya Gift Shop
  • I have been thinking about your products a lot. They have struck a cord with me. The story cards were very useful and helped me to clearly understand what Starfish Project does and the important work they are doing. I am really glad to have met EPHAS - thank you for introducing me to your products and giving me the opportunity to support such a meaningful cause.

    Yumi Director, One Village Shop
  • I am always really excited with the new jewellery designs that we order in from EPHAS. The entire range has been very popular with our customers and ever since it landed at One Village, it has been flying out of the shop! We have now increased our range of Starfish Project jewellery to keep up with the demands of our customers. We feel very fortunate to share in the journey with EPHAS to create a brighter future for the women who are behind the beautiful jewellery. Thank you for always providing us with excellent customer care.

    Yumi Director, One Village Shop