People Tree follow the principles of Fair Trade in every aspect of our business. People Tree supports 4000 farmers and artisans through 50 Fair Trade producer groups based in 6 countries in the developing world. For the past 10 years we have worked in partnership with Agrocel, a Fairtrade cotton producer group who supply us with Fairtrade organic cotton for our garments and supports over 40,000 Fairtrade organic farmers in India.
People Tree’s Fairtrade certified organic cotton is grown by farmers who earn 30% more for their cotton. Buying organic cotton fashion is a small thing that makes a big difference.
At People Tree’s producer Agrocel in India, women are paid the same as men and given paid maternity leave. Farmers receive a pension, health insurance and good medical facilities. Farmers are paid a Fairtrade premium that is used for clean water initiatives, improving local schools and women’s development.
Farmers have used organic and Fairtrade cotton as a way to help them escape from money lenders, set up organic cotton seed banks and protect their crops from GMO and rebuild their lives and strengthen their communities.