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Bangladeshi handicrafts get global recognition for certified fair trade

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 > 10:26:33

(China Post)

Four Bangladeshi handicraft producers and organizations have been certified as "guaranteed fair trade organizations" for meeting the growing demand for ethical and sustainable products.

Hathay Bunano, Thanapara Swallows Development Society, Prokritee, and Base Bangladesh got the recognition from the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).

Set up in 2005, Hathay Bunano is well-known for making the Pebble brand toys that are sold in 37 countries. It employs 8,000 disadvantaged women as artisans.

Thanapara Swallows exports its garments made of handloom fabrics to Japan, Denmark, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden. It employs 250 people, according to Md Raihan Ali, executive director of the non-governmental organization.

Base Bangladesh, also known as Bangladesh Shilpo Ekota, is a network that works for the promotion, marketing and distribution of handicrafts made by 17 producers' groups in the Khulna region.

These groups employ more than 10,000 men and women. Their products are exported to Italy, Spain, the UK, Sweden and Japan.

Prokritee supports more than 1,500 artisans in rural areas to make goods from renewable resources such as recycled sari, waste jute, silk, handmade paper, natural fibers and leaves.

The WFTO certifies organizations operating in any part of the supply chain — from producers to retailers. An entity needs to respect the international fair trade standards to be recognized as a guaranteed fair trade organization.

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