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Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to marginalized producers and workers.

Since its inception the motto of Maroma has been to put people before machines, hence our work environment reflects this maximum. We are a member of the World Fair Trade Organization and Fair Trade Forum India.

We follow the Fair Trade policy for all those involved with the company, taking care of the cleanliness and safety of the work space to the well being of the
workers. We have always run our business with consciousness and integrity to produce not only a beautiful product, but to produce it in an environment conductive to creativity for all those involved in the company.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR
DISADVANTAGED
PRODUCERS

Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers

Maroma’s policy is to employ a majority of women who come from the neighboring villages. The location of our organization offers convenient opportunities to these women in an area where there are limited avenues, to make them economically independent.

TRANSPARENCY &
ACCOUNTABILITY

Transparency and Accountability

As part of the Auroville community, we are an organization which is completely dedicated to the Auroville philosophy of non ownership. Maroma is not owned by any individual but by a Trust.

This background makes Maroma a transparent and accountable organization at each level:

FAIR TRADE
PRACTICES

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.

As part of this, we are regularly creating Fair Trade Awareness amongst our suppliers and employees. We also have committees to address various issues of Fair trade, like Sexual Harassment Prevention and Employees Welfare

FAIR PAYMENT

Payment of a Fair Price
We give our suppliers a price which is above the local rate, along with a proper costing sheet. As our production is completely dependent on employees and not producers, we practice at least the minimum wages in accordance to the Tamil Nadu minimum wages along with all the statutory benefits:

FAIR PAYMENT

Ensuring no Child Labour and Forced Labour

In Maroma, we check Date of Birth Certifcates or Educational Certifcate to ensure the age of new employees is 18 years or older.

NO DISCRIMINATION
GENDER EQUITY,
FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION

Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Women’s Economic Empowerment, and Freedom of Association

In Maroma, the majority of employees are women, and they are paid according to their skill irrespective of their gender. We only value work and ethics and have no discrimination by gender for any kind of facilities or rights.

The organisation recognises all people irrespective of their religion, nationality or political affliation. We nurture each persons’ talent and contribution to the whole team.

We believe that mutual respect is of the utmost importance

GOOD WORKING
CONDITIONS

Ensuring Good Working Conditions

Maroma is committed to good working conditions and employee welfare. As part of this:

In case of any serious health emergency, the employee is taken to the Auroville health centre which is 500 meters from our unit.

Usage of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is mandatory in some areas of the production and optional for those who wish to use it in any other area.

CAPACITY
BUILIDING

Ensuring Good Working Conditions

Maroma cares about improving employees skills and capabilities

PROMOTE
FAIR TRADE

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.

RESPECT FOR
THE ENVIRONMENT

Respect for the Environment

Maroma has a particular sensitivity to environmental issues and a dedication to help preserve the planet’s natural resources.

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