G.E.M. Co-Owner Tugba Robertson
Locally Produced Hand Crafted Goods & Certified Fair Trade Imports
In today’s globalized economy it is hard to know where consumer products come from and who made them, under what conditions. As a Good Earth Movement, We have a passion for supporting local artisans and participating in a “Fair Trade” practice that engages the world in a system where products are manufactured with fair labor laws and sold to consumers without outrageous markups. Visit our shop to view our ever-changing stock of sustainably and locally produced hand-crafted goods.
Tuğba Robertson, our International GEM, overseas our fair trade imports. Tuğba grew up in the heart of the mediterranean, Turkey where she studied global economics. At the age of 23 she moved to the United States to attend a graduate program at UCSB. Later she would excel in sales and marketing in the Bay Area and go onto own her own company in Denver, Colorado. Her international travels and her experiences inspired her to start an import/export company, so her longtime dream to support and connect fair trade communities worldwide could be realized.
Our Fair Trade Promise & Values
In adherence to the values of fair trade, as defined by the Fair Trade Federation, The Good Earth Movement seeks to uphold the following principles:
Creating Opportunities for Economically and Socially Marginalized Producers
Although not all of our producers are economically impoverished, we do seek to provide market access for artisans who would otherwise have none. All of our producers are small-scale: individuals, families, small businesses, or socio-economic organizations.
Developing Transparent and Accountable Relationships
Transparency is vital to trust. To engender trust and build a long term relationship we not only operate honestly and openly with artisans, but we encouragesthem to follow up on their products’ online sale. The G.E.M. also provides open information about sales success (or failure) as well as pricing with all artisans.
Although The Good Earth Mevement does not have the means to provide new training to artisans, many of our partner groups do. We also encourage artisans to develop new variants of their product, and fund such research and development.
Promoting Fair Trade
Our staff is happy to be part of the Fair Trade Community, and even happier to discuss it with artisans, customers, and associates alike!
Paying Promptly and Fairly
We pay artisans 50% – 100% of the total price up front for each order. Any remainder is paid promptly after the receipt of the order. Further, it is The G.E.M.’s practice to not negotiate down the price of items, but simply to accept or reject prices offered by artisans.
Supporting Safe and Empowering Working Conditions
We evaluate the working conditions of all associated artisans. Further, ample time is given to artisans to fill each order – as hurried or exhausted work is unsafe work.
Ensuring the Rights of Children
The G.E.M. does not condone child labor, and does not purchase products from any source associated with the exploitation of children.
Cultivating Environmental Stewardship
We seek to work with artisans who practice natural and/or environmentally sustainable crafts, as is evidenced by the natural materials available in our product lines. In the sale and packaging of artisans’ products, We avoid the use of plastics whenever possible.
Respecting Cultural Identity
The Good Earth Movement pays special attention to the preservation of traditional crafts. Many of our producers are one of the last practitioners or their respective craft, and fear its disappearance. We value the globe’s cultural diversity and strive to perpetuate this glorious mosaic for the benefit of future generations.
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