Fair Trade Principles

It is a system of creating a better world. As simple as that. A system that makes us a responsible global citizen. In regards to the “formal definition” of fair trade, The Fair Trade Federation says: “Fair Trade is a trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency, and respect. This system of exchange seeks to create greater equity and partnership in the international trading system".

For economically and socially marginalized producers Hamro follows fair trade strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development. We create social and economic opportunities through trading partnerships with marginalized producers. Hamro places the interests of producers and their communities as the primary concern of their enterprise.

Fair Trade involves relationships that are open, fair, consistent, and respectful. Hamro shows consideration for both customers and producers by sharing information about the entire trading chain through honest and proactive communication. We create mechanisms to help customers and producers feel actively involved in the trading chain. If problems arise, we work cooperatively with fair trade partners and other organizations to implement solutions.


Fair Trade is a means to develop producers’ independence. Hamro maintains long-term relationships based on solidarity, trust, and mutual respect, so that producers can improve their skills and their access to markets. We help producers to build capacity through proactive communication, financial and technical assistance, market information, and dialogue. Hamro seeks to share lessons learned, to spread best practices, and to strengthen the connections between communities, including among producer groups.

Fair Trade encourages an understanding by all participants of their role in world trade. Hamro actively raise awareness about Fair Trade and the possibility of greater justice in the global economic system. We encourage customers and producers to ask questions about conventional and alternative supply chains and to make informed choices. We demonstrate that trade can be a positive force for improving living standards, health, education, the distribution of power, and the environment in the communities with which they work.

Fair Trade empowers producers to set prices within the framework of the true costs of labor, time, materials, sustainable growth, and related factors. Hamro takes steps to ensure that producers have the capacity to manage this process. We comply with or exceed international, national, local, and, where applicable, Fair Trade Minimum standards for
their employees and producers. We also seek to ensure that income is distributed equitably at all times, particularly equal pay for equal work by women and men. Hamro ensures prompt payment to all of their partners. 

Fair Trade means a safe and healthy working environment free of forced labor. Throughout the trading chain, Hamro cultivates workplaces that empower people to participate in the decisions that affect them.We seek to eliminate discrimination based on race, caste, national origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, age, marital, or health status. Hamro also supports workplaces free from physical, sexual, psychological, or verbal harassment or abuse.

Fair Trade means that all children have the right to security, education, and play. Throughout the trading chain, Hamro respects and supports the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as local laws and social norms. We also disclose the involvement of children in production. Hamro does not support child trafficking and exploitative child labor.

Fair Trade seeks to offer current generations the ability to meet their needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Hamro actively considers the implications of our decisions on the environment and promote the responsible stewardship of resources. We reduce, reuse, reclaim, and recycle materials wherever possible by encourage environmentally sustainable practices throughout the entire trading chain.

Fair Trade celebrates the cultural diversity of communities, while seeking to create positive and equitable change. Hamro respects the development of products, practices, and organizational models based on indigenous traditions and techniques to sustain cultures and revitalize traditions. We balance market needs with producers’ cultural heritage.