As a non-profit organization, it is our mission to provide fair wages and sustainable employment for skilled artisans around the world. We work with a wide range of artisan groups from about 40 different countries who handcraft apparel, accessories, home goods, and gifts of all kinds. Each item in our shop is made by an artisan who is able to provide for his or her family.
HumanKind Fair Trade is a member of the Fair Trade Federation (FTF), a trade association of North American businesses committed to the principles of fair trade. As a verified FTF member, we uphold the highest standards of fair trade business practices.
Principles of Fair Trade
Create opportunities for economically and socially marginalized farmers and artisans. Fair trade is a strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development achieved through long-term trading partnerships.
Develop transparent and accountable relationships with artisans and farmers to ensure that relationships are open, fair, consistent, and respectful.
Build capacity of farmers, artisans, and their communities. HumanKind Fair Trade invests time and resources to help producers build their businesses and create sustainable supply chains.
Promote fair trade by raising awareness about fair trade, educating customers and producers, and inspiring other businesses to adopt fair trade practices.
Pay promptly and fairly by discussing costs and pricing openly and honestly so that producers are able to earn a fair wage.
Support safe and empowering working conditions that are free of discrimination and forced labor. Healthy workplaces empower producers to participate in decision-making.
Cultivate environmental stewardship by encouraging responsible use of resources and ecofriendly production. HumanKind Fair Trade reduces, reuses, reclaims, and recycles materials whenever possible.
Ensure the rights of children by never using exploitative child labor. HumanKind supports children’s right to security, education, and play and respect the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Respect the cultural identity of the farmers and artisans and celebrate diversity. Fair trade products and production methods respect the traditions of the local communities.