| ||organisation: Magasins du monde - OXFAM|
product: handicrafts and textile products
distribution: 100 Oxfam shops worldwide
organisation: Magasins du Monde-OXFAM is a non-profit, fair-trade, and development organisation in the French speaking part of Belgium, based on a network of about 100 world shops managed by 3,000 volunteers. Fair trade with Third World producers is a truly innovative form of solidarity, as it is not based on charity, but on… trade! The partners share the economic risks they take to create jobs in the North and in the South. The Magasins du Monde-OXFAM strives to provide - through the sales of products - sustainable economic support to Third World groups. This support allows these groups to take their own development in hand thanks to the fair price they get for their work. They allocate the profit themselves according to their local needs and projects. The Magasins du Monde-OXFAM gives priority to groups who pursue solidarity-oriented development and involve as many people as possible, as well as to communities who struggle in a harsh environment.
The organisation is a member of EFTA (European Fair Trade Association) and IFAT (International Federation for Alternative Trade). It has created, together with Altromercato in Italy and Solidar'Monde in France, the 'Made in Dignity' label. The three have merged producer registers and share tasks such as product development, producer monitoring, capacity-building projects and awareness raising. Magasins du Monde-OXFAM co-ordinates the Clean Clothes network in the French speaking part of Belgium. The Magasins du monde-OXFAM also regularly cooperate with ORCADES (France) and the Bern Declaration (Switzerland) to publish educational material on development.
products: Magasins du Monde-OXFAM is specialized in the import of handicrafts and textile products. The products are distributed in world shops, in the institutional market (NGOs, trade-unions, sports clubs, youth movements, etc.) and in supermarkets.
partners (for T-shirts and manufactured cotton products):
- Manufactured products: cotton T-shirts, organic cotton T-shirts, and cotton bags.
- Handicrafts: decorative and musical items, jewellery accessories, toys, and household linen.
- Agrocel, based in Kutch, Gujarat, India. Agrocel services some 20,000 organic and fair trade cotton farmers. It has its own social and ecological standards (www.agrocel-cotton.com). Agrocel buys cotton from farmers at a premium price and undertakes ginning, spinning, knitting, and sewing. This enables traceability from the cotton fields to the stage of manufacture.
- Maikaal is based in Madya Pradesh, near Indore, India. This group of farmers owns a ginning unit and uses only organic cotton. Maikaal is also a spinning unit that buys the ginned cotton at a premium price from the farmers. Then, GreenLicense, the merchandiser of Greenpeace in the Benelux, buys this cotton yarn, and is responsible for manufacture to export of T-shirts. This enables traceability from the cotton fields to the export stage of the final product.
- Dezign Inc. is based in Harare, Zimbabwe, and is a privately owned company with a social conscience. The wages are good (50% over the minimum wage), the company pays half of the medical expenses and pension contributions, workers' rights are respected, and women are well represented at all levels.