FTG Nepal Code of Practice
To continue and maintain their memberships with FTG Nepal, all members should compulsorily adopt and implement Fair Trade practices in their operations. FTG Nepal has a set of Code of Practice which should be strictly followed and practiced by all member organizations ensuring effective implementation of Fair Trade practices. FTG Nepal Executive Board has full authority to review the compliance with the Fair Trade code of practice by its members. The Code of Practice set by FTG Nepal for its members is as follows:
- Commitment to Fair Trade and conduct trade with concern for the social, economic and environmental well-being of producers.
- Promote Fair Trade and social justice in the interest of the producer, and not to maximize profit at the producer’s expense.
- Provide opportunities to low-income, women, differently-abled and minority communities.
- Comply with the Fair Wage Standards determined by FTG Nepal. Members must ensure that there is no discrimination in wages paid to men and women for similar jobs.
- Provide advance on raw materials and working capital. Make prompt payment after receiving ordered products.
- Consumers are provided withgood quality and fairly priced product that allows an acceptable margin of profits to the manufacturers and resellers.
- Empower producers by adopting participatory approach in management and building their capacities.
- Ensure humane working conditions guaranteeing the minimum Fair Trade standards.
- Support producers to have access to basic social services such as health, education and savings.
- Completely avoid and denounce child labor.
- Encourage use of indigenous skills and local raw materials. All efforts and attempts should be made to preserve and promote the cultural and the artistic heritage of Nepali crafts.
- Encourage environment friendly production and marketing processes. Manage natural resources in sustainable and efficient manner.
- Raise awareness and educate employees, producers, consumers, policy makers and general public about the principles of Fair Trade. Support campaigns, lobbying and advocacy in the interest of Fair Trade at national and international level.
- Members should cooperate with each other and share information, knowledge, and taking collective actions for mutual development to enhance solidarity.
- Members should avoid unhealthy business practices that lead to unfair competition. They should avoid copying design and patterns of another member.
- Self Assessment against Fair Trade Standards should be carried out by all members every two years and such assessment report should be submitted to FTG Nepal.
- Members should submit their audited financial report and activity report annually by the first six months of the fiscal year to FTG Nepal, and should openly share them with concerned stakeholders if required.