Collaborative Excellence and Accountability
JULY 2018
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

When contemplating the migrant crisis many parts of the world are experiencing, our contribution at FairTSA, together with all our partners, as small as it may be, has significance. Making a contribution to better infrastructure, health care and education, in addition to fairer prices for small farmers and better wages for workers in typically disadvantaged rural areas is no small feat.

Therefore, we thank all of you for your continued commitment and your contributions to this important work.

For the FairTSA Team
Winfried Fuchshofen
Biofach and Biopress
Project-Based Accountability
Left to right: Silke, Osiris & Winfried at FairTSA booth
While it seems already long ago, Biofach 2018 
was a great success and is still very much on our minds. There were many new leads, opportunities and projects such that it took us longer than expected to follow up, including an additional trip to Europe. We were amazed at how many people recognized our Fair Trade program and wanted to find out more about our work. The heightened interest, especially in our project-based accountability program kept Maite, Osiris, Silke and myself very busy for all four days of the show.

One important development was an agreement with Biopress, a leading German trade magazine. Erich Margrander, founder and publisher of Biopress, gracefully offered us the opportunity to share stories of producers, their successes and travails, details of our program and how FairTSA differentiates itself from other Fair Trade programs on their internet platform. 

Publicity of this kind is essential for our growth and our stature in the marketplace, as our focus is on the work with producers. What enables us to tell these stories in detail is the Project-based Accountability program that we developed in recent years. In short, it means that we document progress and expenses of our producer's  community projects on a regular basis, including an annual project proposal and evaluation Having this information on hand alleviates the work of the inspectors visiting the farms and processing facility, as they have a clear expectation before the inspection what to look for. You can download the full description of Project-based Accountability here.

We have started publishing articles with Biopress in German and English. If you have specific questions about the FairTSA Fair Trade Program, let us know via email or Facebook, and we will consider creating articles around topics with high relevance for all who take an interest in our work.

A Visit to W.S. Badger Company

FairTSA is delighted and proud to announce that W.S. Badger is our new licensee. Badger is a small, family-owned, family-run, and family-friendly company of 90+ employees, nestled in the woods of Gilsum, New Hampshire. They create pure and effective skincare products of the highest quality, based on simplicity and thoughtful preparation. Their operating principles are based on mutual respect, an honest and caring approach to communication, and sustainable organic agriculture, to name a few.

In May, Eileen and Winfried had the opportunity to visit Badger to see their operation firsthand. We knew they had created an excellent aloe vera product. However, when we arrived on the property of their beautiful wood-constructed facility, we were immediately impressed. There was an herb walk showcasing their ingredients and a vegetable garden. Next to it was a labyrinth to walk and contemplate, along with a path through the woods to wander and ponder.

Upon entering the building, we were struck by the bright, pleasant environment, and quickly greeted by Jamie White and their friendly staff. To the left of the entrance, we noticed the cafeteria that serves fresh organic lunch at no cost to all employees and guests of the company. Everyone stops working at noon to eat together in the cafeteria or outdoors. The environment supports and cultivates a healthy balance of work and rest.

Apart from the puzzle that was started on a table in the entryway, there was ample evidence of the company's social initiatives. Employees receive six months of paid maternity leave, after which they can bring their babies to work with them. The company has a daycare, Calendula Gardens, which is also accessible to people outside of Badger. They also collaborate with a foundation to support the arts and social causes in the nearby town of Keene.

As we toured the facility, we were consistently amazed at how bright and friendly even the processing and storing areas were - natural light everywhere, and light wood is the dominant building material. The more we learned about the company, the more impressed we were.

Of course, the care that is given to the employees extends to the products Badger produces - high quality pure skincare products with organic ingredients whenever possible. Along with their Fair Trade practices, Badger is a B-Corp and always has a keen eye toward social and environmental responsibility.

When we sat down for the delicious lunch, we briefly met the founders, Bill and Katie Whyte, who eat in the same facility and are not distinguishable from other employees to the outsider. This non-hierarchal attitude is reflected in the whole company where there is a flat organization, and people of all pay grades pitch in to do all sorts of tasks when necessary.

After a presentation about FairTSA and many thoughtful and engaging questions from the staff, we wrapped up our visit in the retail store where we were given some new products in addition to the FairTSA certified aloe vera gel. We left feeling inspired and proud to be working with W.S. Badger. They have a stellar business model.
Newest Licensee
Based in Buenos Aires, Stay True Clothing strives to always use organic and recycled materials in all collections with special attention to detail, design and a pinch of artisanal imperfection. Founded in 2014, Stay True is a lifestyle brand of sustainable living for men and women with roots in the natural lifestyle.

Their clothes are made by the principles of fair trade and biodynamic agriculture, which includes having a positive impact on the environment, strengthening regional economies and contributing to the food security of children in situations of social vulnerability.
New Producers
SILVATEAM PERU - (Peru) Tara Gum (Peruvian Carob)
COPROEXNIC - (Nicaragua) Coffee, Sesame
VIGALEX - (Bulgaria) Lavender Oil, and other Essential Oils
BENEVELLE CORPORATION - (The Philippines) Coconut Products
AHYA COCO - (The Philippines) Coconut Products