Fair for Life
Building friendships with organic farmers has made social equity a guiding principle at Mountain Rose Herbs since 1987. Within today’s global fair trade movement, we are honored to be certified by IMO’s Fair For Life program.
Unlike traditional Fair Trade programs that merely certify products, the Fair For Life program is much more thorough because it reviews Mountain Rose Herbs from top to bottom to evaluate and audit our working conditions, labor practices, environmental programs, social benefits, and our company’s transparency. Not only does the Fair For Life program certify our entire company, but it also reviews and monitors the origins of our products to ensure complete compliance with the program.
This allows us to re-direct a portion of every sale to agricultural communities around the world, guaranteeing that workers have rights and receive livable wages. Our direct partnership with these farms and Fair For Life also provides an opportunity for us to help improve conditions through the facilitation of important community projects.
We give thanks to the many skilled hands that work to provide our food and medicine.
We cannot imagine doing anything less.
We have taken one additional step that goes beyond traditional Fair Trade practices through the adoption of our Good Trade Program. This program enhances the protective measures put into place for growers and harvesters. While Fair Trade programs are beneficial and important, many of them only allocate a certain percentage of the transaction to those involved with the production of goods, and this is done without direct negotiating rights being exercised by the growers. Plus, the premiums added to the products they offer are strictly determined by external market forces.
What we have developed in our Good Trade Program is a business model where the growers get full negotiation rights for the products they grow, and they in turn dictate what prices Mountain Rose Herbs shall pay for goods, and not the other way around.
When the growers set the price, we can all be assured that farming families and workers receive the financial security necessary to continue their agricultural heritage.
What is Good Trade?
- Fair Price: Democratically organized farmer groups receive a guaranteed minimum floor price and an additional premium for certified organic products. Farmer organizations are also eligible for pre-harvest credit.
- Fair Labor Conditions: Workers on Fair Trade farms enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions, and living wages. Forced child labor is strictly prohibited.
- Direct Trade: With Fair Trade, importers purchase from Fair Trade producer groups as directly as possible, eliminating unnecessary middlemen and empowering farmers to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
- Democratic and Transparent Organizations: Fair Trade farmers and farm workers decide democratically how to invest Fair Trade revenues.
- Community Development: Fair Trade farmers and farm workers invest Fair Trade premiums in social and business development projects like scholarship programs, quality improvement training, and organic certification.
- Environmental Sustainability: Harmful agrochemicals and GMOs are strictly prohibited in favor of environmentally sustainable farming methods that protect farmers' health and preserve valuable ecosystems for future generations.