Our Vision and Our Mission are the heart of what we do. Our Vision Our Mission To promote the idea and concept of fair trade in To ensure sustainable Laos and empower small livelihoods and scale producers tocontribute to improved combat poverty,living conditions of the strengthen their position poorest in Lao PDR. and distribute fair trade products within and outside Laos.
Background and Purpose.Fair Trade Laos was established by a small group of motivated business people andNGOs that recognize the social and economical viability of Fair Trade to improveproducers’ and farmers’ lives and at the same time offer a high-quality product.Fair Trade Laos is a business initiative. It aims at becoming a self-sustaining serviceprovider and legitimate representative body for the Fair Trade sector in Laos.Fair Trade is not a widely known concept in Laos, and becoming certified involves along, complex and pricy process. At present, in Laos only few business initiatives arecertified.The development potential for fair trade in Laos is high. Fair trade could significantlycontribute to the necessary in-country value-adding required to capture its fulldevelopment potential.
Overall Objectives of Fair Trade Laos.To offer economically viable To strengthen (M)SMEs and solutions to poverty producer groups through the alleviation amongst small development of valueholder farmers/workers and chains, applying principles small producers/artisans and standards of fair tradeTo contribute to improved living conditions of the To promote principles andpoorest in Laos by ensuring standards of fair trade and the country’s economic sustainable use of natural growth goes hand in hand resourceswith raised social standards
Derived Activities.In order to achieve ist overall objective Fair Trade Laos aims to: • develop national standards and membership criteria for fair trade in Laos, compliance procedures and (internal and external) control mechanisms • develop a self-sustained model to support the development of Fair Trade in Laos, including management support, business development services and market access for producers and (M)SME’s. • develop an alternative trade and business model that can serve as an example for Lao producers, (M)SME’s and Government • raise awareness about Fair Trade amongst Lao consumers, producers and Government • organize joint lobby and advocacy in support of an enabling environment for fair trade
Self-Conception. To satisfy both the members with access to markets and small evolving Fair members with limited Become an effective and knowledge of fair professional service Trade trade, Fair Trade Laosoriented membership body. developed an unique Laos concept to meet the needs of business people, producers and processors in Laos equally.
The Fair Trade Laos concept. Give input and ideas Regular Pay Membership fees Member Capacity Building Information Regular Fair trade in general Member FTL work, benefits and standards Support Regular How to comply with Member standards Training Membership Benefits and Services Regular Marketing Member Evolving Evolving Information Member Member Certification
Evolving RegularMembers Members Committed to and Live and follow interested in Idea Fair Trade Concept of Fair Trade Fully understand Do not fully Fair Trade concept understand Fair and Work of Fair Trade Concept yet Trade Laos Do not comply FTL support Comply with FTL with FTL standards standards yet Potentially aiming for international FT labeling, FTL as stepping stone
Key Benefits.In order to attract additional members, earn recognition Besides Membership of external parties and Benefits, Fair Trade Laos become self sustaining, FTL offers some special services. develops a needs based service package.
Membership Provided Benefits Membership(free of charge) Services Marketing Consultancy • Website • Tailor-made Marketing • Label Support • Access to markets Platform • Pricing, Export Strategies • Brochure • Business developement • Etc. Value Chain • Analysis of existing skills and 20% discount on all products for further services provided improvement and development Information • Newsletter • Relevant Laws and Placement of Volunteers Regulations and Interns • Fair Trade in Laos and worldwide
Membership Services and Benefits to be offered in the future. Further Consultancy Development of a Fair Trade Laos Services (Export, Further support for national Lao FairSelling Platform with Pricing, Marketing, Evolving Members Trade Certification Export Options International Fair Scheme Trade Certification,…)