You may have heard that October is Fair Trade Month, shining a much-needed spotlight onto the importance of Fair Trade Certified products, practices, and companies. We are excited to announce that some of your favorite herbs and spices for the season are now among our newest Fair Trade certified products, including Mace, Nutmeg, and Turmeric Root powder.
At Mountain Rose Herbs, we are proud to have worked hard to go beyond traditional Fair Trade practices including partnering with IMO to become certified as Fair for Life. We wanted to challenge ourselves to meet the stringent requirements to certify our entire company, not just our products. To celebrate, we have some exciting news! Our company recently earned the highest achievement of a Level 5 rating for both Social and Fair Trade Certification and Social Responsibility. This is a huge accomplishment!
Why are Fair Trade practices and certifications so important?
Social equity plays a crucial role in the economic lives of people all over the world. Focusing on Fair Trade means ensuring that those who produce, farm, and work are treated and paid fairly. It is not enough to simply say we care about social equity, we also need to put our dollars and resources where our values are.
What does it mean to get the highest Level 5 in our performance ranking?
It means that every May, we are visited by an auditor from IMO who does random interviews with employees at every level of our company. We are inspected on everything from health and safety, to energy management, to conditions of the workplace, to fair compensation. We are also expected to meet strident Fair Trade standards for how we work with farmers, customers, and others throughout the community. Last year, we achieved a Level 4 in our second year of partnering with IMO and in this, our third year, we have achieved the highest rating!
We have established long-term friendships with the farmers and producers who supply the herbs, spices, and bulk ingredients we offer. To reach a Level 5 this year we also had to provide documentation about how Fair Trade practices are employed every step of the way in the production of the products we offer. While many of our herbal goods are already certified Fair Trade (in addition to being Certified Organic and Kosher), we continually work to ensure that more and more of our herbal products are Fair Trade.
As we continue to grow our offerings of Fair Trade products, we want to share our accomplishments and appreciation for all the support and encouragement we get from our customers who value social equity and fairness as much as we do. We will have more farm stories from this project to share with you all very soon!
You can view our current Fair Trade certificate here!
Happy Fair Trade Month!
This post comes to us from Kori, our Public and Media Relations Coordinator! A West Coast native, Kori is a seasoned nonprofit activist and community organizer. Having launched six adult kids, she spends her free time in her burgeoning organic and very urban “farm”—taming Heritage chickens, building top-bar beehives from reclaimed materials, baking, brewing, and preserving.