SUSTAINABILITY LABEL
FAIRTRADE COTTON

Fairtrade helps farmers and workers in developing countries to gain a better place in the trade chain. This enables them to make a living from their work and invest in sustainable measures for a better future. The Fairtrade Cotton label has been specifically developed for cotton farmers.

JOIN TOGETHER IN COOPERATIVES

In order to be able to invest in, for example, technical support and better logistics, Fairtrade encourages cotton farmers to unite in cooperatives. This improves their negotiating position, giving them a better price for their cotton and access to the world market.

FAIR AND SUSTAINABLE
TERMS

The cotton is bought from the cooperative by exporters and importers. Fairtrade has set out a number of strict trading conditions in order to ensure a good income for the farmers:

  • THE MINIMUM PRICE
    The cotton offered through the cooperative is subject to a minimum price which the buyer must pay. This price covers the costs of sustainable production and protects the cotton farmers should the world market price decrease.
  • THE FAIRTRADE PREMIUM
    On top of the price for the cotton, buyers pay a Fairtrade premium to the cooperatives. The farmers may determine together where this premium is spent on: business development in the form of improving productivity, quality and infrastructure, or community projects such as improving education and health care.
  • SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CRITERIA
    Fairtrade stands for sustainable production and development. This is reflected in environmental-friendly cultivation, respect for labour rights and a transparent, democratic way of working in the farmers’ cooperatives.

FLO-CERT

FLO-Cert is an independent inspection institute that checks all links in the chain for correct implementation of the strict trading conditions set by Fairtrade. HeboVanDijk itself is not certified or licensed for the Fairtrade Cotton label. However, we do sell a range of bath linen from a Fairtrade cotton licensed supplier.

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT SUSTAINABLE TEXTILES?

HeboVanDijk is certified for the sustainability labels GRS, GOTS and OCS/OCS Blended. In addition, we supply bath linen that is produced under the Fairtrade Cotton conditions. Would you like to know more about sustainable textiles? Visit our Sustainability page or contact our sales department.

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