THE 10 FAIR TRADE PRINCIPLES AT MAROMA
1. Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers
Maroma’s priority is to employ women from the local villages with a minimum age of 18 years and an education level of 12th standard to encourage girls to stay in school.
2. Transparency and Accountability
At Maroma, we are transparent at each level of the organization :
- Audited Statement of Accounts
- Salary slips with break ups for Employees
- Invoice from Suppliers
- Billing to buyers
- You can also find annual reports on our website.
3. Fair Trading Practices
Maroma maintains long term relationships with all its partners (employees, clients, suppliers…) based on solidarity, trust and mutual respect that contribute to the promotion and growth of Fair Trade.
4. Payment of a Fair Price
Listed under Factory Act 1948. Maroma’s employees are paid at least the stipulated minimum wages for the industry with annual increments. All other benefits like conveyance, child education, performance bonus are discretionary and are paid above these wages.
5. Ensuring no Child Labour and Forced Labour
In Maroma, we check several documents to ensure the age of new employees is 18 years or older. School certificates are viewed to verify if 12th Standard (18 years) has been passed.
6. Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Women’s Economic Empowerment, and Freedom of Association
Maroma is an equal opportunity employer. The organisation recognises all people irrespective of their gender, religion, nationality or political affiliation. We nurture each persons’ talent and contribution to the whole team. We believe that mutual respect is of the utmost importance.
7. Ensuring Good Working Conditions
Maroma is committed to a safe and pleasant work atmosphere, clean and well ventilated work areas, reasonable hours, health care programs, hygiene programs and safety trainings.
Regular fire drills are conducted on the premises. Some employees are trained for First Aid support.
8. Providing Capacity Building
- Maroma cares about improving employees skills and capabilities. Workers are trained to take up any work in the factory. We encourage our employees to have an diverse set of skills.
- We implement new strategies and update our production team frequently to meet the expectations of the clients and changing market condition.
- We try to source products from local materials as far as possible to support our local suppliers.
9. Promoting Fair Trade
Employees & local suppliers are given trainings on fair trade awareness once in a year.
We create fair trade awareness through our website, social media, shops and product catalogues.
10. Respect for the Environment
Maroma is particularly sensitive to environmental issues and is dedicated to help preserve the planet’s natural resources.
- The ingredients in Maroma’s products and packaging are recyclable and naturally abundant or taken from renewable resources.
- Waste is greatly minimized through recycling. We continually search for materials creating the least impact on the environment. In packaging such as handmade paper and reducing the use of plastics.
- Our products are never tested on animals and are cruelty-free. Most of them are vegan (only few contains honey).
- Auroville is one of the first cities to completely offset its electricity use by feeding wind-generated energy into the grid from captive power windmills installed by the Auroville unit Varuna. To further this conservation effort, Maroma also generates about 35% of its total required energy from its own solar panels.