FAIR TRADE TEA PARTY AT NKUKU HQ

We are celebrating Fair Trade Fortnight over the next two weeks and as part of the celebrations we seem to have fallen into the tradition of holding a fair trade tea party at the office!  Everyone invites their family and children and we all rustle up something using only fair trade ingredients.  

It is a very relaxed event and a great opportunity to meet famliy members, hold newborn babies and watch the children wreak havoc in the office! This year we had a delicious selection of fair trade treats from banana bread and coffee cake to chocolate fridge cake and brownies all made with fair trade ingredients. If we couldn’t find the fair trade ingredients we required we used locally sourced produce including Devon milled flour and delicious Devon cheese straws!

Fair Trade Fortnight is about highlighting fair trade. The current accepted definition of fair trade is: “Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, which seek 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. Fair Trade Organizations, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade.”

At Nkuku we aim to promote and develop the traditional skills of artisans, who have astounding skills but challenging living standards and restricted opportunities. Nkuku support fair trade and local community initiatives. We work with a number of social projects, co-operatives and independent businesses. We are building strong, ethical, business relationships with our suppliers. We have a mutual respect for each other and we are working together towards mutual success.

We ensure that our suppliers are paid a decent and fair wage for their work; that working conditions are safe and of a good standard and that children are not exploited. Our suppliers are committed to this code of conduct. We  make regular visits to our suppliers and employ agents who also visit our suppliers regularly. Their role is not only to ensure everything is as it should be but to assist with production queries and offer support and advice  with regards to production. 

We maintain close relations with our suppliers and encourage open dialogue and direct communication. We allow long lead times to ensure that no unnecessary pressure is placed on production and that capacity is not exceeded. The handmade nature of our products is what we believe sets them apart and we do not want to lose these skills. This April we are taking our family to India and hosting a lunch for all our suppliers; this is just an informal event but a great opportunity to catch up and discuss any issues and plans for the future.

We are a member of the British Association of Fair Trade Shops and support other fair trade organisations including The World Fair Trade Organisation and the FTO through social media and marketing. We believe it is important to keep fair trade at the forefront of people’s minds.

You can find out more about fair trade and ways of supporting Fair Trade Fortnight by visiting http://www.wfto.com/ and by visiting http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/ or  http://www.bafts.org.uk/

 

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  • Nkuku specialise in eco friendly, fairly traded homeware and gifts. Our products are inspired by the traditional skills of artisans throughout Africa and India. We combine contemporary design with age old traditions, natural materials and sustainable methods of production. We passionately support fair trade and consider the environment in everything we do.