Certified Operator (Certification Applicant)Equal Exchange5 stars

Place, CountryWest Bridgewater, United States

Contactequalexchange.coop, info@equalexchange.coop

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Certification Programmefor Life - Social Responsibility Certification
Hired Labour
ChapterContent of the Fair for Life - Social & Fair Trade ProgrammeNormRating
2.1.1No Forced Labour1214
2.1.2Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining2836
2.1.3No Child Labour and Protection of Young Workers23
2.1.4Transparent and Human Disciplinary Practices1011
2.1.5Equal Treatment and Opportunities1418
2.1.6Health and Safety5855
2.2.1Contracts and Good Relation between Employer and Workforce1415
2.2.2Wages2231
2.2.3Social Security and Social Benefits2430
2.2.4Working Hours and Paid Leave3237
2.2.5Regular Employment1211
2.3.1Commitment and Management of Social Responsibility1416
2.3.2Community Relations613
Total Score Hired Labour290
Environmental Criteria
ChapterContent of the IMO Environmental ProgrammeNormRating
2.4.1Water Conservation and Water/Air Polution1013
2.4.2Energy Management and Climate Change811
2.4.3Ecosystem Management1617
2.4.4Waste Management68
Total Score Environmental Criteria49
Social Impact
Social Impact & Special AchievementsEqual Exchange demonstrates their own fair trade behavior by including social responsibility in the structure and practices within the company. This commitment is evident in company philosophy and mission statement as well as in internal company structure and practices. As a worker/owner cooperative, all members participate in annual meetings and committees, are thoroughly educated in fair trade and have a voice. Part of ownership includes being recipients of annual profit/loss dividends, thus sharing the risk of performance, as well as generous benefits in health and dental insurance, ESL and computer application training, a large kitchen with complimentary coffee, tea and cocoa, generous paid time off (vacation and sick days) and employer contribution to 401K. Relationships between management and employees are open and a high level of trust and cooperation is present. Environmental conservation is evident in composting chaff, a processing by-product, and reducing packaging material where possible.

Reached percentage of the applicable Total Norm Points for the overall performance
Percentage117 %

Date of Certification
First09.08.2011
Last Update13.03.2014

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An innovative company that imports, ripens, packs and distributes exotic fruits and vegetables, provides a very pleasant, friendly and safe workplace with very good working conditions even compared to already high Dutch Labour standards.
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