Folk International Nepal is a company which adheres to the ten basic fair trade principles, named by the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) :

  1. Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers : support producers to have access to basic social services (health, education, savings)
  2. Transparency and Accountability : share annual reports and audit reports to the stakeholders.
  3. Trading Practices : conduct business and trade for the social, economic and environmental well-being of producers.
  4. Payment of a Fair Price : price each product so that an acceptable margin of profit can be made by the manufacturer and reseller, and comply with the Fair Wage Standards determined by Fair-Trade- Group Nepal.
  5. Avoid child labour and forced labour
  6. Support non-discrimination, gender equity and freedom of association: provide opportunities for all the workers disregarding their sex or social origin.
  7. Working Conditions: to ensure that work is carried out under humane working conditions satisfying at least the minimum fair trade standards.
  8. Support capacity building
  9. Promote Fair Trade : support and advocate campaigns for fair trade development, and educate consumers, policy makers and general public about fair trade stakes  
  10. Environmental awareness: minimize the ecological impact of production processes and packing and transportation. This implies the optimizing the energy consumption, using locally-sourced raw materials as much as possible, reduce and recycle the waste, shipping the goods by cargo, etc…

Folk International Nepal and Folk Nepal

Folk International Nepal also has a strong relationship to Folk Nepal, as a supplier and a donor. Each year more than 10 % of its profits go to the charity fund of this organization.
Folk Nepal is as a non-profit sharing NGO, established in 2000 A.D., which purpose was to support skill building of needy craftsmen and to assist them in establishing sustainable marketing. It is a member of the following organisations :

The mission of Folk Nepal has is generally to help underprivileged people and support craft producers with a strong focus on the education sector.  The major milestones to date include:

  • Providing scholarships to 100 needy children up to grade 10 every year
  • Providing assistance to build school libraries
  • Providing study and sports materials, school dresses, etc
  • Conducting medical and dental mobile camps in rural areas (five to date)
  • Helping needy people by providing financial support for health treatments in case of serious illnesses
  • Supporting school building through funding
  • Distributing relief funds to landslide victimized people
  • And so many more…

The long-term aim of Folk Nepal is uplift backward societies, communities and to eradicate the social problems through working in education, health, and skill development throughout Nepal, plus providing the most needy people with relief funds in case of natural disaster. As for the future, the effort will also include helping Nepalese local entrepreneurs to built their activities and become self-sufficient.