HEAL: Creating Successful Micro Economic Communities Using Fair Trade Values In Rural Georgia
1. Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers
The families of Harmony Cone Ear Candles are from rural areas. We are single mothers, people with disabilities, home schooling families or your elders. We encourage economic self-sufficiency and ownership as each family works out of their own homes establishing a working lifestyle that is beneficial to themselves and their families.
2. Transparency and Accountability
The families of Harmony Cone Ear Candles are a part of day to day decisions. Including all of the processes that affect (themselves) in the handcrafting of our ear candles. Keeping communication channels open and clear at all levels of the supply chain as well as within our families is a key ingredient to our success. In conclusion, promoting transparency in changes, issues and creating accountability for all helps create the best Ear Candle product in the world.
3. Fair Trading Practices
The families that work for Harmony Cone work according to their self created work schedule and quotas. Quotas are discussed in open discussion; therefore, allowing the team of families to help support each other.
4. Payment of a Fair Price
All parties have agreed on fair pricing using open dialogue, participation and contracts.
5. Ensuring no Child Labor and Forced Labor
None of the Harmony Cone Ear Candle families use forced labor in their homes. Families work together at their own pace set by their own quotas that they set themselves. They handcraft ear candles when it is convenient for themselves.
6. Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Women’s Economic Empowerment and Freedom of Association
Harmony Cone Ear Candles believe in a work environment that is made up of multi ethnic, religious, and sexual orientation families. Our common goal is to handcraft the only Certified Organic Ear Candle in the world that is sustainable and based on Fair Trade principles. Dr. Harmony and her family works with each family to ensure the families health and wellbeing, in particular pregnant and breast feeding mothers – of which there have been quite a few, including Harmony herself! Working together as a team with no master/servant relationship enhances the quality and value of Harmony’s Ear Candles.
7. Ensuring Good Working Conditions
The families of Harmony Cone Ear Candles create their own work hours according to what works best for them. We build these work stations according to good manufacturing processes, established in the USA. These work stations are inspected twice a year. We ensure cleanliness and GMP guidelines.
8. Providing Capacity Building
Harmony and her family work with the families to help achieve their personal goals and dreams. Whether it is religious, political, education or a dream to become an actress, Dr. Harmony encourages and promotes the self building/education of oneself, as a result creating opportunities for them.
9. Promoting Fair Trade
Promoting Fair Trade, Sustainable and Organic is an integral part of Harmony Cone Ear Candles’ education and marketing platform. We believe that the best way to do business is a sustainable way that is based on the belief of Fair Trade principles.
10. Respect for the Environment
Harmony Cone Ear Candles are the only ear candles in the world that use sustainable certified organic cotton in conjunction with a high food grade wax. This was produces the least amount of particulates as compared to lesser waxes. Harmony’s candles also arrive to your door step with a carbon neutral foot print because the time has come for us to wake up and take care of the only planet we have.