Green Damselfly has initiated a number of ethical practices to support the development of artisans in poor countries and so helping to alleviate poverty.
Green Damselfly works with artisans, artisan co-operatives and NGOs in a range of countries and strives to improve their economic and social standing by supporting fair trade practices. Some of our ecoethical enterprises have Fair Trade status, others are just as ‘fair’ in their production and trading practices but do not have the status. Read the fair trade page to see the disadvantages and advantages to producers of fair trade status. To the best of our ability we verify that our suppliers adhere to fair trade practices and provide artisans with respect, good working conditions and wages, and we pay fair prices for products. In some cases we have verified these things by visiting, observing and talking with artisans, families, community and co-operatives. In other cases we rely on information provided to us by reputable NGOs and others.
We support artisans to achieve sustainable production and environmentally friendly products by providing information and support. Green Damselfly supports and encourages the use of natural fibres and recycled materials wherever possible. We work with artisans to develop quality products that are appealing to international customers.
We have a growing list of non-profit organisations that we feel do valuable work within developing countries to better people’s quality of life and living standards. Their focus varies and includes poverty alleviation, education, combating child trafficking, prevention/treatment HIV/AIDS, reproductive health support, and skills development and employment for disabled people. Green Damselfly has a profit sharing policy whereby, each year our profit is shared with non-profit organisations.
Please enjoy browsing the wonderful array of products made by the artisans in our eco-ethical enterprise partners.
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