FAIR SQUARED is an alternative trade organisation, we aim to do our bit to reduce inequality in world trade. The Oxfam campaign “”Make poverty history”” in 2005 made us think: what can we do? Five years later the first FAIR SQUARED products were sold via OXFAM and Amnesty International. In the UK students and a number of organisations picked up the idea and made the products more widely available. Among our first products were condoms, hand creams and lip balms.
Demand grew fast and distribution partners in Scandinavia and the Benelux countries started to sell FAIR SQUARED products too. In 2013 FAIR SQUARED moved to Cologne, Germany, and became FAIR SQUARED Ltd., production was moved to the nature park Eifel and Sarsted in northern Germany. Our range expanded from 12 to 80 products. Because of continuous demand we were able to increase the number of fairly traded ingredients we use: olive oil from Palestine, almond oil from Pakistan, shea butter from Burkina Faso and natural latex from India … we now source ingredients from more than 15 Fair Trade partners world wide. Today FAIR SQUARED products are available all over Europe.
The world over there are over 1200 Fairtrade producer groups who are benefitting from Fairtrade. We would love to expand the FAIR SQUARED product range to 100 and use fairly traded ingredients like rose oil, mango, cucumber and cotton. With your support we’ll get there.
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FAIR SQUARED is a limited company registered in Cologne, Germany. The company is family owned with no other companies or investors directly or indirectly involved. Our headquarters and warehouse are located on 700 m² rented space in Cologne-Marsdorf. Additional warehouse capacity is available through logistics providers if and when needed.
Our business principles are rooted in transparency, social and environmental acceptability, animal welfare and solidarity with those who are living in less priviledged parts of the world.
We work with distribution partners in a number of countries who have exclusive rights to sell FAIR SQUARED products. All of these partners are family owned companies dealing in health foods, natural cosmetics or other ecologically sound products.
FAIR SQUARED production partners are financially independent from FAIR SQUARED Ltd. We negotiate on an equal footing, we treat our partners with respect and communicate in an honest, fair manner. As a result we are able enter long term contracts which enhance more economic justice in international trade.
We own the formulations for our products. Every six months FAIR SQUARED develops between five and eight new products which are launched in February and September of any given year. The FAIR SQUARED trademark has been registered in many countries world wide.