Fair Trade partnership
Glenart is a family owned business which is World Fair Trade Organization accredited. It is involved in designing, producing and distributing Christmas crackers within South Africa and to select export markets.
Fair Trade is a trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers.
Fair Trade is more than just trading. It proves that a greater justice in world trade is possible.  It highlights the need for change in the rules and practice of conventional trade and shows how a successful business can also put people first. It is a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty, climate change and economic crisis.
Glenart employs economically disadvantaged women that produce a hand-made product that competes largely against massive Far Eastern Companies, which in many cases, are highly mechanised.
The company’s objectives align with the ultimate objectives of the World Fair Trade Organisation:
  • to provide respectable employment and remuneration in pleasant circumstances on an ethical basis to those who had no other means to obtain them;
  • to practice transparency with both suppliers and customers in business dealings;
  • to pay a fair price for labour and goods supplied by marginalized producers;
  • to ensure that no child or forced labour is used within the business – this is a standard South African practice;
  • to commit to non-discrimination, gender equity, women’s economic empowerment, and freedom of association;
  • to develop the skills and capabilities of employees within the company;
  • to actively practice respect for the environment;
  • to promote Fair Trade in as many dealings as possible.
Visit the Fair Trade website: http://wfto.com