Fair Trade Standards

We offer income-generating opportunities to craftspeople in the Holy Land by following fair trade practices including paying in advance at least the market price for items, ensuring that craftspeople receive payment, and ensuring that the craftspeople work in fair working conditions. We work directly with artisans, craftspeople, and producer groups to achieve these goals and hopefully help improve the lives of Christian community in the Holy Land.

Fair Trade Standards
Our goal is to meet or exceed international Fair-trade standards. We insist that all our partners and programs observe the following standards:

No child labor
Employees must be 17 years of age or older to work full time in our programs.

Safe Working Conditions
We require a clean, ventilated, sufficiently large, safe, and comfortable working environment. We visit and inspect all facilities and spend time with the artisans in their workplace to ensure compliance.

Fair Wages
Employees are paid a fair living wage for full time work, in accordance with fair trade standards.

Vacation, Leave and Overtime
Employees work no more than 8 hours a day and are allowed local rest days, vacation, and sick leave.

Voluntary Participation
Participation in work programs must be entirely voluntary.