Singing Rooster is now part of a network of over 250 fair trade businesses after joining the Fair Trade Federation (FTF), a trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to fair trade.
Online PR News – 19-April-2014 – Madison Wisconsin – To become a member, applicants must submit thorough documentation describing producer partner relationships and efforts to provide good work conditions, fair wages, safety, environmental sensitivity, financial transparency and more. Completion of rigorous screening distinguishes companies like Singing Rooster for wholesalers and shoppers interested in supporting an entire business for its fair trade practices rather than simply purchasing a fair trade product.
According to Singing Rooster’s co-founder Molly Nicaise, “Haiti is a great story for so many reasons. Most focus on weaknesses of this fragile country. We’re changing that. Haiti has a 250+ year history of coffee production. Furthermore, their recycling of metal into fantastical pieces of art is unique.” Having a Fair Trade Federation label means more people will become acquainted with Haiti, and Singing Rooster is pleased with that.
Giving craftspeople and farmers who live in extreme poverty the opportunity to earn a living by selling products in North America is Singing Rooster’s goal. “Singing Rooster takes no cut; we’ve essentially eliminated all middlemen and take proceeds back to producers,” said Singing Rooster’s co-founder Christophe Nicaise.
Singing Rooster is a registered 501 (c)3 nonprofit and established social enterprise. They provide on-the ground assistance and direct market access to coffee farming and art communities in Haiti for the sake of self-sustainability, dignity & economic autonomy. We meet then EXCEED principles of fair trade.