Fair Trade Principles

 

Social Gem makes ethical, fair trade jewelry and accessories. 

Why is Social Gem jewelry ethical?

 

1   We partner with women artisans who create our collections

2   We sell in this online store, in Pop-Up shops, in fair trade retails stores, and we partner with schools, churches and groups for fundraising

3   50% of profits goes to pay for education for girls whose parents can't afford to pay for school (it's not free in many countries)

4   We are a member of Fair Trade Federation since 1994

 

What is Fair Trade?

1.  Fair Trade is an organized social movement that offers fair trade agreements and pay to producers. In addition to paying a fair price, fair trade also puts money back into communities to help producers create sustainable businesses and meet community needs such as access to schools and safe drinking water. Additionally fair trade producers need to meet labor standards such as not using child labor and protecting the rights of women from workplace violence.

2.  There are thousands of fair trade products! If they have some type of Fairtrade certification they will be marked as such with a logo. Coffee, chocolate, tea, quinoa and soap are easy to find but you can also find fair trade certified produce, snack foods and hygiene items! Once you know what you're looking for you'll see them everywhere. We've found fair trade food at Costco and fair trade tea in a movie theatre!

4.  It costs more because it should! Years of purchasing products made cheaply because they use unfair labor have really messed up our view of how much things should cost. 

5.  It's the little things that make a big difference. The more we shop for fair trade, the more products we can expect to see available for purchase in our stores. If your store doesn't carry Fairtrade products, ask for them!

 Our Artisan Partners

        

 We work with women who are traditional beaders, knitters and batikers. Our mission is to provide them with full employment in safe working conditions (they usually work at home).