Fair Trade means an equitable and fair partnership between Aloha Bay and our partners and producers in Asia, Pakistan, Brazil, Malaysia, Colombia and the USA.
Fair Trade Criteria
Fair wages within the context of the local economy
Offering employees opportunities for advancement
Engaging in environmentally sustainable practices
Being nationally and internationally accountable for labor practices
Building long-term trade relationships
Safe working conditions, raising local safety standards
Providing economical and technical assistance to producers
Providing health benefits and paid vacation leave
Work weeks of 40 hours or less, no workers under age of 18
Why Fair Trade?
Our consumer spending choices affect people's lives around the world. In today's world economy, small-scale producers have very little bargaining power and are often forced to accept miserable working and living conditions. Fair Trade helps farmers, crafts people, and other workers to earn a decent income while maintaining their traditional lifestyles with dignity and hope for their future.
Our Indonesian factory is a model for human rights and
a safer work environment — Moved at seeing the terrible
working conditions and political tension in Jakarta, our CEO, Bart
Burger, decided to create a new and very different kind of candle
factory. Unlike other Indonesian candle factories, our Aloha Bay
factory does not accept children into the workplace. Aloha Bay also
provides housing, medical benefits, paid vacations and maternity
leave for all employees.
Information on our factory near the salt mines in Kashmir
— Aloha Bay started importing Himalayan Salt products from
Pakistan in 2004. From the very beginning, now seven years ago,
our contact has worked exclusively with a small, family-owned company
in Mirpur, close to the Himalayan foothills.
Our fair trade supplier in Brazil is the Agropalma Group
— With the largest and most modern palm cultivation and processing complex in Brazil, Agropalma has invested in social welfare activities to achieve the sustainable development of its business and of the region as well. Its social actions take place through participation in socioeconomic development projects involving the regionís small family producers.