Our Fairtrade cotton friends at Conscious Step pair each set of socks with non-profits (Global Citizen, Oxfam, Action Against Hunger, just to name a few!) to support causes that address needs outlined in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Here are the Top 5 different ways that Conscious Step is investing in the causes you care about just by sourcing Fairtrade cotton. Conscious Step’s supply chain respects the Fairtrade Standards, designed to support the empowerment of small-scale farmer cooperatives and agricultural workers in the Global South.
1. SOCKS THAT END POVERTY
Fairtrade fights the power structures that trap producers in cycles of poverty, with the Trader Standard, this is a unique approach to ensuring that traders treat their suppliers fairly, giving them access to Fairtrade Minimum Price and have access to pre-financing, and stable contracts.
2. SOCKS THAT FIGHT HUNGER
The Fairtrade Minimum Price reduces farmers’ and workers’ vulnerability to price fluctuations, therefore fostering sustainable food production. Farmer organizations also receive five cents per kilogram of cotton sold in Fairtrade Premium – an extra amount that farmers invest in their communities as they see fit.
3. SOCKS THAT PROMOTE SUSTAINED, INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH
Through our Hired Labor Standard, Fairtrade enables workers to organize and negotiate better pay and conditions through collective bargaining. And it doesn’t end there, Fairtrade also works with hired labor employers and farmers in small producer organizations to build their capacity to respond to and mitigate the risks of child and forced labor.
4. SOCKS THAT PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY, AND EMPOWER WOMEN AND GIRLS
The Fairtrade Premium enables women to participate more equally and is often invested in ways to tackle access to clean water, healthcare, childcare, education and transportation – all benefits that enable women to play a more active role in their organizations, communities, and families.
5. SOCKS THAT TAKE ACTION TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE
Our high environmental standards also enforce strict rules on pesticide use, water conservation, soil erosion, GMOs, biodiversity, energy use, and reducing the carbon footprint of agriculture.
Reward yourself as you celebrate International Day of Charity with a pair of Conscious Step socks and be part of making a difference! Use discount code LOVEFAIRTRADE for 15% off this month!
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