People Tree is the pioneer of Fair Trade and sustainable fashion. People Tree is the first international clothing company to be awarded the World Fair Trade Organisation Fair Trade product label. This guarantees People Tree’s dedication and compliance to the Principles of Fair Trade, covering fair wages, working conditions, transparency, capacity building, environmental best practice, gender equality and setting standards for conventional fashion companies to improve their supply chains. Ten years ago People Tree launched the first clothing range to meet the Global Organic Textile Standard certified by the Soil Association in the so called developing world. Our products are made to the highest Fair Trade and environmental standards from start to finish and consistently prove that it is possible to wear stylish, exciting and affordable fashion, at the same time as respecting people and planet.
Fair Trade means far more than paying a fair price, we aim to use fashion as a tool to empower the world’s most marginalised people. People Tree actively supports 4000 farmers and artisans through 50 Fair Trade producer groups, in 6 developing countries.
People Tree has operations in Britain and Japan and is affiliated to a Japan-based environmental and social justice Non-governmental organisation called Global Village, founded in 1989 by British Fair Trade and environmental activist, Safia Minney. In 2009 Safia Minney also set up the People Tree Foundation, a registered UK based charity that supports and campaigns for Fair Trade and sustainability. People Tree has been registered as a member of the WFTO since 1996.