What we want
The aim of the Fair Rubber Association is "to contribute to an improvement of the working and living conditions of the primary producers of natural latex (rubber) by applying the principles of Fair Trade to the trade in products made from natural rubber."
This is a quote from the constitution of the association. But what does this mean in reality?
Fair Rubber is good for the people
Participation in Fair Trade should be an option, particularly for the primary producers of natural rubber, the rubber tappers and small rubber farmers. But the low price paid for raw materials, make it impossible for the tappers, plantation workers and small farmers to support themselves and their families with their own labour.
This is where Fair Rubber wants to help. Paying a Fair Trade premium to the primary producers would ensure that even during periods of depressed world market prices, the costs of production would be covered and the suppliers would have a surplus. Crucially this would allow them to improve their working and living conditions. The decision as to how they would spend the Fair Trade premium, of course, remains with them.
Fair Rubber ist good for the environment
Agrochemicals used in the production of natural rubber are less controversial with regard to any residue in the final rubber products. It’s more that their use threatens the health and wellbeing of the people involved in the production and processing of the natural rubber.
Fair Rubber supports the production of Fairly Traded rubber in as sustainable and environmentally-friendly a manner as is feasible. Wherever possible, the producer partners are supported in getting their production certified according to the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This includes a monitored compliance with minimum social standards.
Fair Rubber in film
Fair Rubber: Where does rubber come from? (4:26)