Not all raw materials that FAIR SQUARED process are covered by the Fair Label Organization e.V. (FLO). There are simply too many natural raw materials for that to be possible. One of these raw materials is natural rubber. It is produced from the sap of the tropical tree “Hevea Brasiliensis”.
The aim of the Fair Rubber Association is “to contribute to an improvement of the working and living conditions of the primary producers of natural latex by applying the principles of Fair Trade to the trade in products made of natural rubber.” That is what their statue says. But what does it actually mean?
Fair Rubber is good for the people. Participation in Fair Trade should be an option, particularly for the primary producers of natural rubber (the people tapping the rubber trees) and small scale rubber farmers. But the low price paid for raw materials make it impossible for the tappers, plantation workers, and small-scale farmers to support themselves and their families.
This is where Fair Rubber wants to help. Paying a Fair Trade premium of 0,50€ pro kilo of natural rubber to the primary producers ensures that even during periods of depressed world market prices, the costs of production would be covered and the suppliers would have a surplus. Crucially, this would allow them to improve their working and living conditions. The decision of how this premium is to be used remains with the workers: for example by the management board for small-scale farmer associations, or in plantations by a panel consisting of selected employee representatives and delegated management.
All FAIR SQUARED condoms made of natural rubber have been certified by the Fair Rubber association.
For more information, please read www.fairrubber.org