How you can help
On an individual scale, you can support organizations that wish to combat immoral practices — there are many non-profit organizations that certify ethical producers.
Each organization has their own procedures and guidelines for auditing producers. Although each organization's administration varies, their collective mission is to ensure ethical practice.
Our goal is to familiarize conscious consumers with these certifications and their significance so you can spot these labels during your everyday shopping. By purchasing certified over uncertified products, you are choosing to support the ethical guidelines set in place by the organization!
Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production
The Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certification of apparel ensures the material and fabric used in their certified products are free of forced labor. This means WRAP Certified businesses must comply with all laws and workplace regulations set in place of where they do business.
One of the WRAP's most principal regulations is the prohibition of forced labor and human trafficking. Child labor is also prohibited; companies are forbidden from hiring minors under 14 ( or the minimum age for employment by law, whichever is greater ).
More information about the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production and their principles can be found here: www.wrapcompliance.org
B certified Corporation
The B certified Corporation believes that businesses should safeguard the environment and show great public transparency. There are countless B Corp certified products and industries, ranging from chocolate to hair salons. The focus of B Corp is to "Redefine success" by having businesses be the role model for good.
"The B Corp movement is one of the most important of our lifetime, built on the simple fact that business impacts and serves more than just shareholders—it has an equal responsibility to the community and to the planet." —Rose Marcario, CEO of Patagonia
If you would like to learn more about how B Corp impacts business and the community click here: www.bcorporation.net
UTZ Certified is a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable farming practices; these practices are aimed to provide opportunities for farmers. UTZ Certified protects the climate on a global scale by fighting to eliminate deforestation due to unsustainable farming practices ( slash-and-burn techniques ).
The UTZ certification label ensures labeled goods are sourced with practices in accordance UTZ’s code of conduct. Worker safety, proper farm management, product traceability, sustainability, and environmental protection are all guaranteed in the code of conduct.
To learn more about the global impact UTZ Certified has made and it's code of conduct, click here: utz.org
The Rainforest Alliance was founded to ensure sustainability through remodeling land-use, consumer, and business practices. This certification signifies good farming practice and sets a standard for farmers, allowing companies to do business with responsible suppliers.
As of 2016, the Rainforest Alliance has certified over 100 million football fields worth of rainforest worldwide. That's a lot of trees! Not only does The Rainforest Alliance conserve biodiversity, it includes an agriculture program which helps to train producers in sustainable farming.
If you want to learn more about how The Rainforest Alliance is dedicated to preserving the rainforest and wildlife, click here: www.rainforest-alliance.org
Farmers have a better opportunity to improve their lives when they sell using Fairtrade terms. Examples of products Fairtrade may certify include bananas, cocoa, coffee, cotton, flowers, sugar, tea, composite products, fresh fruit, gold, honey, juices, rice, spices and herbs, sports balls, and wine.
Fairtrade Minimum Price is the minimum price paid to Fairtrade producers during a trade and is determined by a chart known as the Fairtrade Standards and Pricing Unit. These prices depend on certain criteria such as the type of product and its yearly income yield. The price is created to ensure that producers are able to cover their costs of sustainable production. Additionally, the price acts a “safety net” for farmers during times when market prices are low.
Examples of products Fairtrade may certify include bananas, cocoa, coffee, cotton, flowers, sugar, tea, composite products, fresh fruit, gold, honey, juices, rice, spices and herbs, sports balls, and wine.
Fairtrade has impacted the livelihood of millions of farmers. If you are interested in learning more, click here: www.fairtrade.net
Whole Trade Guarantee
The Whole Trade Guarantee comes from the Whole Foods Market chain located across the United States. Certified products ensure quality meets Whole Food’s standards. This provides more money to producers, ensures better wages and working conditions, provides care for the environmental, and has 1% of sales donated to the Whole Planet Foundation. These donations support 2,096,000 micro entrepreneurs across 69 different countries worldwide! These products include fruit, flowers, honey, coffee, herbs and spices, tea, chocolate, popcorn, and sugar.
If you want to learn more about how Whole Trade Guarantee is helping develop communities, click here: www.wholefoodsmarket.com