Trade Right International
TRI is a radically unique social business which deliberately is working in disadvantaged communities by offering trade and employment as a route to combatting poverty. That's just the back story, because there's a front story too. Profits are returned into the communities in which they are made.
In Ghana TRI is based in the Builsa District of the Upper Eastern Region where it is working, trading and establishing a shea nut and butter co-operation for women.
In Scotland, TRI has its skincare factory in Greenock, Inverclyde. Working in partnership Greenock Prison, those caught up in addiction or suffering mental health issues, Trade Right International are building a unique and creative employability programme.
We are FAIR:
We go beyond the normal of concept of fair trade, because we not only ensure a good price for the people we work with, but we go further by giving back. Through careful assessment and local worker consultation, together we give back into the communities we trade with up to 50% of our profits. This is no normal companies CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) programme, this is inbuilt to our DNA. It makes us a different type of business.
We are ETHICAL:
Everything about Trade Right International is radical and has a clear ethical basis. Our workers earn a Living Wage and the most our managers can earn is 3 times this amount. So we've eliminated the wage chasm between workers and managers. What's more, as a registered CIC, Trade Right International does not have shareholders so therefore investor’s dividends don't exist. This for us means, that the rich are not making more money off the poor.
We are SUSTAINABLE:
TRI is striving to be sustainable in two ways - as an international business and environmentally.
TRI is a different form of charitable expression. It's one with the express aim to trade commercially internationally to help disadvantaged people earn a living, then to use its profits to support them and in local community development.
Shea trees grow wild throughout the Savannah of Africa and so bring many natural benefits to the environment. Harvesting the trees ensures that they maintain their worth, not only to the economy, but also the parklands of Africa's fragile environment.
But the sustainable benefits don't stop there!
Every part of the process of from fruit to Shea butter is sustainable - the flesh of the fruit is used in stews and wine making; the shell of the nut is mixed with the left over 'cake' from the butter process and used as firewood, so saving the environmental damage from charcoal.
In fact, every part is used. There is very little non-recyclable waste.