Principle Three: Fair Trading Practices

The organisation trades with concern for the social, economic and environmental well-being of marginalised small producers and does not maximise profit at their expense. It is responsible and professional in meeting its commitments in a timely manner. Suppliers respect contracts and deliver products on time and to the desired quality and specifications.
Fair Trade buyers, recognising the financial disadvantages faced by Producers and Suppliers of FT products, ensure orders are paid on receipt of documents or as mutually agreed. For Handicraft FT products, an interest free pre-payment of at least 50 % is made on request. For Food FT products, pre-payment of at least 50% at a reasonable interest is made if requested. Interest rates that the suppliers pay must not be higher than the buyers’ cost of borrowing from third parties. Charging interest is not required.
Where southern Fair Trade suppliers receive a pre-payment from buyers, they ensure that this payment is passed on to the producers or farmers who make or grow their Fair Trade products.
Buyers consult with suppliers before cancelling or rejecting orders. Where orders are cancelled through no fault of producers or suppliers, adequate compensation is guaranteed for work already done. Suppliers and producers consult with buyers if there is a problem with delivery, and ensure compensation is provided when delivered quantities and qualities do not match those invoiced.
The organisation maintains long term relationships based on solidarity, trust and mutual respect that contribute to the promotion and growth of Fair Trade. It maintains effective communication with its trading partners. Parties involved in a trading relationship seek to increase the volume of the trade between them and the value and diversity of their product offer as a means of growing Fair Trade for the producers in order to increase their incomes. The organisation works cooperatively with the other Fair Trade Organisations in country and avoids unfair competition. It avoids duplicating the designs of patterns of other organisations without permission.
Fair Trade recognises, promotes and protects the cultural identity and traditional skills of small producers as reflected in their craft designs, food products and other related services.
Principle Three: Fair Trading Practices
  • Another International Women's Day celebrating empowering ladies of Selyn. We couldn't be more proud. #IWD2020 #eachforequal
  • In a society where women are expected to become stay at home moms from the day they get married, Selyn along with fair trade principles introduced a work culture that helps women achieve their true potential as working mothers. While challenging gender-based inequalities, Selyn started its journey nearly 30 years ago to provide women employment that empowers them. Not only fair and equal pay with good working conditions, but Selyn employees are also provided with in-house daycare facilities so that mothers do not have to give up their careers after childbirth. Something all Sri Lankan employers to think about this International Women’s Day. #EachForEqual #IWD2020
  • International Women’s day is right around the corner, and we can not wait to celebrate our wonderful Selyn sisters and what we stand for. This year, with women around the world, we are celebrating the International Women’s Day with the message #EachForEqual, to create a gender-equal world for us and the future. Follow us and stay tuned to learn more about how Selyn challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements as a fair trade company in a tiny little island in Asia. #iwd2020
  • Maybe it's a last-minute gift or a little something to add colour to your home. Did you know that every purchase, big or small, of ethically made fair trade goodies helps empower an entire community? Well, now you do! #LiveGood
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  • Add a touch of nature to your home. 
These beautiful handmade household items are all made from 100% reed (පන්) by local artisans, providing them with fair income so that they can thrive in their communities. Do we need more reasons to #LiveGood? We think not! 
All our craft items are available at Selyn outlets in Colombo, Kandy, Kurunegala and Negombo.
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  • Ethically and sustainably lit up! 🛋 .
Made by Sri Lankan artisans these gorgeous upcycled lamps are handmade from 100% cotton yarn that cannot be used for weaving. Our yarn is coloured by eco-friendly dye and the water used in the process is used in the community garden. When you brighten up your space with one of Selyn lamps, you also add light and happiness to their homes and make Earth a better place for all of us too. #LiveGood
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