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Fair Trade

On Thursday 19 November 2015 we launched the campaign for Selby to gain Fairtrade town status.The campaign was launched as part of our shop's grand open evening and was attended by Linda McAavan MEP and the children of Selby's Fairtrade school, Cawood Primary.
With the help of the York Fair Trade Forum and Holme Valley Fairtrade, an exhibition featured signed Fairtrade cotton bags, leaflets and photos of successful local campaigns, as well as posters explaining the benefits of fair trade. We hope to inspire Selby residents to back the campaign and the children of Cawood school have taken on the mantle of campaigning within the local area. 
"Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, which 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 - especially in the South."
(World Fair Trade Organisation guidelines)
The World Fair Trade Organisation sets Ten Principles of Fair Trade:
1. Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers
2. Transparency and Accountability
3. Fair Trading Practices
4. Payment of a Fair Price
5. Ensuring No Child Labour or Forced Labour
6. Commitment to Non-Discrimination, Gender Equity, Freedom of Association
7. Ensuring Good Working Conditions
8. Providing Capacity Building
9. Promoting Fair Trade
10. Respect for the Environment

Aztec Arts have been proud members of the British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers since 2006.

As BAFTS shop members, we buy all our products from BAFTS supplier members, who have to meet BAFTS's strict membership criteria based around the WFTO Ten Principles of Fair Trade. 

Joanna and Dave are both involved in York Fair Trade Forum and Fairtrade Selby and Joanna is a Board member of the British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers.

More details about the fair trade credentials of the individual product lines can be found in the product descriptions.

For further information about Fair Trade you can check out the following websites: