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Fair Trade

Based in the small village Napier, about 180 km east of Cape Town, nobunto has provided employment to mostly woman of the disadvantaged community. nobunto harnesses the creativity of African artisans, nurtures their talents and develops the market for their inspirational designs. The rights of the artisans and their financial empowerment are core to our business.

Our aim, in a region with a high unemployment rate, is to alleviate poverty and to develop a company that is not only economically successful but one that is socially responsible, ethical, and sustainable. nobunto is committed to improving the livelihoods of especially the disadvantaged people within our region through equitable trade practices, fair employment conditions, periodical accountability, impeccable management and development of social opportunities. We strive to create conditions that are safe, encourage personal growth and development, and respect cultural identity.

The working conditions within nobunto comply with the Conditions of Employment Act which entails permanent contracts, fair salaries, paid holiday & sick leave and contributions to the Unemployment Fund. We deliver high safety standards in our workshop and a healthy and happy working atmosphere with regular working hours, 3 breaks per working day and all weekends off. An employee assistance fund is available to assist our artists in emergency situations.

Fair Trade is not a marketing badge for nobunto, Fair Trade is, with all its challenges and room for improvement a way of life into a greater future. Since we formed nobunto in 2010 around this mission, we soon realised that many of our guiding principles aligned perfectly with those of the Fair Trade movement. Incorporating the Fair Trade principles into the very core of our operations from day one is more a matter of coincidence, than a strategic decision.

The Fair Trade movement has 10 guiding principles:

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  1. Create opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers
  2. Be transparent and accountable
  3. Conduct fair trade practices
  4. Pay a fair price
  5. Guard against child labor and forced labor
  6. Promote gender equality and non discrimination
  7. Ensure good working conditions
  8. Provide capacity building
  9. Promote Fair Trade
  10. Respect for the environment

Motivated by 1 of our European partners, we underwent a four day EFTA Fair Trade assessment in 2012. The EFTA (European Fair Trade Association) is an association of nine Fair Trade importers in eight European countries. Through this assessment, many of our efforts and experiences have been positively confirmed. Over the years we were also regularly monitored by some of our customers from around the world. Starting from 2016 we will do regularly independent third-party audits based on approved monitoring proceedings.

More about our Fair Trade commitment:

nobunto Fair Trade Policies
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Our latest Fair Trade monitoring report
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Our artists and craftsmen and women are the heart of our work. They adding a touch of magic to every candle, to our beautiful handcrafted cards, to every piece of art… We wanted to do right by the artisans at the outset. That has always been our main goal.

Catherine Afrika

My name is Catherine, better known as 'cat' too many people. I’m the mother of two wonderful boys. Decorating candles is my passion and 2014 it’s my 10th year in the candle industry. My hobbies are dancing and having fun with family and friends.

Roleen Marthinus

I’ve been working at Nobunto since 2010 now. Love doing my job and my new challenges like making our recycled jewellery. I love the outdoor, seeing new places and meeting new faces. I’m a kind and understanding person. I like to make jokes and have fun.

Maria Mitchell

My name is Maria. My nickname is Rina, that’s what my mother, friends and my family called me. I live at Bredasdorp with my two beautiful daughters. Thanks God gave me work at Nobunto in Napier. I believe that anything is possible in life, for me and other people.

Anneline Newman

I am working at Nobunto since 2013 in the packing department. I love what I‘m doing, with all its challenges, especially when packing containers and working under pressure. I can’t go a day without making a joke.

Stoffelene Newman

I am Stoffeline. I am a professional candle painter. I started my passion in 2002 and I am now since 2010 devoted to Nobunto. Over the years I've gained a lot of experience and explore every day something new and learn more and more every day. I’m so glad that we are part of the Fair Trade community. I hope and pray that we can continue what we doing and what we do best.

Janine Pontac

I’m Janine. I work as a candle wrapper at Nobunto and like the everyday challenges! I don't talk too much I just focus on my work.