Green Net, our supplier partner in Thailand (the biggest rubber producing country in the world) is a small co-operative, producing certified organic coconuts –
and Fairly Traded rubber.
Last year, finally, two members of the Fair Rubber Association sourced rubber from the co-operative. It was used to produce flip flops with the brand feelgoodz
(USA) and hippobloo (France).
When making sure that the Fair Trade premium of EUR 0.50/kg DRC (Dry Rubber Content) has not only been paid, but spent in line with the regulations of the Fair
Rubber Association, we got the following, surprising answer:
The farmers themselves keep only 30% of the Fair Trade premium, 20% are retained to strengthen the co-operative – and a full 50% are given to the workers, who
actually tap the rubber trees and process the raw latex milk into so called ‘ribbed smoked sheets’.
This is not a requirement by the Fair Rubber Association – this is the decision of our supplier partners. For us – this is truly a co-operative model.