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The aim of Fairtrade is to reduce the imbalance in global trade and to sustainably improve the lives of cotton farmers through stable minimum prices.


Who is Fairtrade?,

ARMEDANGELS has been a licensee of Fairtrade since 2007 and has represented the associated standards ever since. These are developed by Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO). The organisation FLO-Cert, which is the independent certification and control organisation within the framework of Fairtrade, is responsible for monitoring the standards in practice. Within the corporate organisation of Fairtrade International, the association Transfair e.V., founded in 1992, takes care of marketing, information and public relations work and awards the Fairtrade seal for Fairtrade products.

What are the aims of Fairtrade?

All of Fairtrade's business areas have the common goal of sustainably improving the lives of all farmers and workers in the poorest countries of the world. With Fairtrade, this goal can affect very different raw materials, such as coffee or bananas. The fabric that ARMEDANGELS comes into contact with on a daily basis is Fairtrade cotton.

Fairtrade for the cotton farmers

  • If necessary, the farmers are to be enabled to pre-finance the seeds
  • Payment of an additional Fairtrade premium (5 US cents per kilo of Fairtrade cotton) for use in community projects such as schools or hospitals
  • Payment of minimum wages that comply with legal or industry standards

Fairtrade also for all workers in the production chain

  • Prohibition of discrimination
  • Prohibition of child labour and forced labour
  • Opportunities for further training
  • Collective bargaining and freedom of assembly
  • Working conditions must comply with the minimum legal requirements
  • Workplace safety and health care must be guaranteed

Where does ARMEDANGELS Fairtrade cotton come from?

One of the biggest advantages of Fairtrade cotton is the possibility of traceability. In concrete terms, this means that it is possible for us to trace exactly where Fairtrade cotton comes from. A large part of it comes from a cotton cooperative in India. Thanks to the Fairtrade premium, the cooperative was recently able to build a school.