Silverchilli.com supports Fair Trade in a number of ways…
We pay 50% in advance for all the orders to help fund raw materials, so the silversmiths are never out of pocket, and then we pay the remaining 50% immediately on delivery.
We design the products in conjunction with the Silversmiths and we pay a design royalty when production moves to a different Silversmith - a concept which is new in this area.
We work with silversmiths who belong to a Union or a Co-operative.
Our policy is to return our profits to the communities we work with. We currently fund all the running costs of a Women’s & Children’s Centre in Taxco, where most of our silversmiths live and work.
What does 'Fair Trade' mean…?
Fair trade is better than aid. It builds a sustainable future on producers' own abilities, with the main objective being to improve the producers' quality of life. Several aspects of fair trade include:
Producers receive a fair price for their goods and advances on orders.
Fair Trade organisations work with producers to provide quality products.
Purchase and marketing of producers' goods are conducted according to high ethical standards; continuity of orders is important.
Sources, production and workplaces do not exploit people or the environment.
Products have meaning above their tangible attributes; consumers are informed about the people who make the products they purchase, increasing their loyalty and understanding that their purchasing power makes a difference.
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