This post was originally published on 26th Feb 2018. Due to its popularity, it was updated on 10th Feb 2021.
Fairtrade Fortnight is around the corner and although this year is a little different, we still wanted to take the time to thank everyone who supports Fairtrade by buying our moisturiser Smooth, which is made with organic, Fair Trade shea butter.
Shea butter is one of the most effective natural ingredients for the hair and skin, and it isn't easy to produce. The scene in the Marvel superhero film Black Panther when the herb is ground up reminded us a little of how Shea Butter production works. First the Shea nuts must be harvested, then they are ground to create the butter that so many of us love. We believe the women who do this should be paid fairly for their hard work.
Why People Before Profit Means Fair Trade
We don’t mind reducing our profits to pay others safely, in fact we think it’s essential. Putting the needs of our customers, producers and employees first is a core value we've build Afrocenchix on and it's an area we aim to grow in.
We support initiatives such as Fairtrade certification and other schemes demanding decent working conditions and fair pay for workers.
We choose Fairtrade because it promotes efficient means of production to reduce waste and unnecessary labour, it ensures basic working conditions and it means every supplier is fairly paid. Another thing we love about Fairtrade is that schools, hospitals and training facilities are built with the Fairtrade premium, as voted for by the farmers and workers, so that the whole community benefits.
Business doesn't have to be about choosing between making money or helping people. We make the money it takes to serve our customers by putting people before profit. It's in our company DNA: when Afrocenchix was just an idea and a few bottles of oil, we won the Ethical & Sustainable Business award from the University of Birmingham and our commitment to transparent supply chains remains the same.
Buying Fairtrade helps to tackle inequality so people around the world benefit from your choice of bananas, hair cream and coffee, now isn't that a beautiful thing?