Good reasons for workwear made from fairly produced cotton
Reason 1: Supporting farmers with fair prices and working conditions
There are millions of small farmers working in cotton fields and on farms across Asia, Africa and Latin America to produce the raw materials used to make clothing. However, although a third of the world’s population is directly dependent on such farmers, the majority of them do not receive a fair wage for their toil.
Fairtrade develops the organisational structures on the ground, supports the producers and campaigns for fair trade practices. Farmers who produce Fairtrade cotton benefit from good working conditions thanks to five criteria:
1. Fair price and bonuses
Farmers receive a guaranteed minimum price for their cotton which covers the costs of sustainable cotton production. At the same time, it offers the producers and their families protection against price fluctuations on the global cotton market. If the current market price is higher than the Fairtrade minimum price, the farmers are naturally paid the higher sum. This measure offers them increased financial security.
Not only that, the purchasers of the Fairtrade cotton (including CWS-boco, for example) pay the farmers a bonus, which is put towards projects in the community.
The following video shows a visit to the producers in India from whom CWS-boco sources its cotton and showcases the community projects which benefit everyone there.