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Fair Trade

HLD Lady Tying on RibbonsWhat is Fair Trade?

 

Fair trade is an alternative approach to business where the objective is not profit at any cost, but rather  to help the world’s most marginalized people escape poverty and promote sustainability.  Fair trade encourages people to acquire job skills and provides them a living income based on sustainable business practices.

 

Fair trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equality in international trade.

 

How do we practice Fair Trade?

 

Glad Tidings Holy Land Designs, Inc. strives to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged workers through fair trade practices.

 

We actively pursue the hiring of women and physically-challenged people in order to create opportunities for those who have been economically and socially disadvantaged.  Women make up 48%of the population, but only 17% of the workforce, so we especially seek to employ this underutilized group.

 

We also hire physically-challenged people who otherwise would have extremely limited work opportunities and limited economic means.

 

We handle all of our workers equally in terms of treatment, salary, and opportunities, and these workers are given vocational skills, training, and a living wage.

 

We also promote a safe and healthy working environment for all employees.  We do not employ any child workers and condemn children working under exploitative conditions that are detrimental to the child’s health and education.

 

Additionally, we care for the environment by supporting the use of recycled or recyclable materials wherever possible.