GREENWASH prefer to use Australian grown raw materials but there are some ingredients that need to be sourced from overseas, usually because they are not grown in Australia, or are not available in an organic form.
Certified organic and fair trade ingredients are the first choice wherever possible. Cocoa butter, powder and nibs, coconut oil, shea butter and coffee are always organic and fair trade with GREENWASH.
Fair trade is social movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing world achieve better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers.
By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices, fair trade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
Fair trade labelling organisations most commonly use a definition of fair trade developed by FINE, an informal association of four international fair trade networks
F Fairtrade Labelling Organisation International (FLO)
I International Fair Trade Association, now the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO)
N Network of European Worldshops (NEWS!) and
E European Fair Trade Association (EFTA)
Fair trade provides farmers and workers in developing countries with a fair price (the Fair Trade Price) for their produce, helping protect them from damaging fluctuations in world market prices.
They also receive an additional sum of money (the Fair Trade Premium) for investment in social, economic and environmental development in their community, such as educational and medical facilities.
Fair Trade Certification standards also prohibit the use of forced and abusive child labour.
For more information on Fair Trade, the Fair Trade Premium and Minimum Price, the Fair Trade Standards, Fair Trade International Licensing Initiatives across the globe and the Ten Principles of Fair Trade, please visit the Fairtrade International website.
The Fair Trade Minimum Price
The Fair Trade Minimum Price is the minimum price that a buyer of fair trade products has to pay to a Producer Organisation for their product. It is not a fixed price, but should be seen as the lowest possible starting point for price negotiations between producer and purchaser.
It is set at a level which ensures that Producer Organisations receive a price which covers the cost of sustainable production for their product. This means it also acts as a safety net for farmers at times when world markets fall below a sustainable level. However, when the market price is higher than the Fair Trade Minimum, the buyer must pay the market price for example on the basis of quality.
The standards also allow producers to request partial pre-payment of the contract. This is important for small-scale farmers' organisations as it ensures they have the cash flow to pay farmers at the time they deliver their crop.
Buyers are also required to enter into long-term trading relationships so that producers can predict their income and plan for the future.
The Fair Trade Premium
The Fair Trade Premium is a sum of money paid on top of the agreed Fair Trade Price for investment in social, environmental or economic development projects, decided upon democratically by producers within the farmers' organisation or by workers on a plantation. The premium is fixed by the Fair Trade International Standards Unit in the same way as the minimum price and remains the same, even if the producer is paid more than the minimum price for the product. The premium fund is typically invested in education and healthcare, farm improvements to increase yield and quality, or processing facilities to increase income.