Fairtrade is a global movement focusing on trade in developing countries. When it comes to "pie-splitting", its mission is to oversee the fair distribution of profits so as to provide small-scale farmers with a liveable wage and fair labour practices. It achieves doing so by ensuring they get the right price for their products, thus protecting them from damaging fluctuations in world market prices.
Companies like us, members of the Fairtrade movement, buy the cocoa and shea butter by paying an additional sum of money known as the "Fairtrade social premium". This goes straight into the farmers' pockets who in turn, in consultation with Fairtrade, manage this money in the most appropriate and effective way that helps them improve their lives and livelihood.
In our photo we see Emma, a loveable cocoa farmer from Ivory Coast, who has seen her income increase significantly since joining a Fairtrade cooperative. Last year Emma was able to buy her first bed thanks to both better crops and the fair prices received. It was after all training funded through the premium that has contributed to this success. For more information on Fairtrade please visit the following website: www.fairtrade.net
RSPO is an international, not-for-profit organisation and a certification body on sustainable palm oil. It was established in 2004 in order to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil based products through credible global standards. RSPO acronym stands for: "The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil".
Being RSPO certified means that we, at FOS Cosmetics, are solely committed to the use of certified palm oil which is derived from sustainable sources.
Sadly, in a large number of Asian and Latin American countries, there has been observed the phenomenon of widespread deforestation, caused by palm oil plantation producers, that are non RSPO certified members. This is due to the fact that they do not, as they should have, comply with environmental protection regulations. In this fashion, some of our planet's largest forests are under serious threat and so is the wildlife these preserve. Chief amongst endangered species is the Sumatran tiger (as seen in our photo). For more information on RSPO please visit the following website: www.rspo.org