About Us

About Us

Our mission is to offer the best quality gifts and hand-crafted products from different regions of the World.  We help design, promote and distribute unique and original products on behalf of gifted artisans from different regions of the world who have limited access to the ultimate consumers. Through our products, we are able to showcase the different cultures and traditions of our artisans from different regions of the world. Our products are created using the locally available materials and are inspired immediate surroundings. Experience the charm in our handcrafted products through its uniqueness in design and craftsmanship. 

Denise & Kevin Frahm, Owners    

 

Our Core Values

  • To create awareness and appreciation of the various artwork and handcrafted items from developing countries.
  • To help improve the economic conditions in developing world and support empowerment of their economic system.
  • Help conserve the environment through use of recycled materials and other natural resources.

 

The Global Marketplace

Located in scenic, historic downtown Chelsea, MICHIGAN’S FIRST FAIR TRADE TOWN, The Global Marketplace is situated across the street from the delicious Common Grill, and around the corner from the renowned Purple Rose Theatre. The Global Marketplace resides in a century old building, where you will see remnants of the building’s history.  

 

Guests will learn about the talented artisans from around the world while browsing through artful displays in a soothing and playful atmosphere bathed in nature’s most beautiful palate. The Global Marketplace truly represents a global marketplace, and as guests wander and linger they are often reminded of their own travel experiences. People have generously referred to The Global Marketplace as a global marketplace of peace where your purchases empower the artisans to build a better life for themselves and their families.

 

What is Fair Trade?

The core of fair trade is that the artisan is the center of our mission, decisions we make are always driven by the best interests of the artisans. We work with artisans as partners trying to involve artisan partners in decisions that affect them. We work cooperatively to set prices and ensure that the price the artisans set is enough to enable them to develop a sustainable future that improves their lives.

 

Fair Trade Principles

  1. Create Opportunities for Economically and Socially Marginalized Producers - Fair Trade is a strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Fair Trade businesses create social and economic opportunities through trading partnerships with marginalized producers. We place the interests of producers and their communities as the primary concern of their enterprise.
  2. Develop Transparent and Accountable Relationships- Fair Trade involves relationships that are open, fair, consistent, and respectful. Fair Trade businesses show consideration for both customers and producers by sharing information about the entire trading chain through honest and proactive communication. They create mechanisms to help customers and producers feel actively involved in the trading chain
  3. Build Capacity- Fair Trade is a means to develop producers independence. Fair Trade businesses maintain long-term relationships based on solidarity, trust, and mutual respect, so that producers can improve their skills and their access to markets. Fair Trade businesses help producers to build capacity through proactive communication, financial and technical assistance, market information, and dialogue. They seek to share lessons learned, to spread best practices, and to strengthen the connections between communities, including among producer groups.
  4. Promote Fair Trade- Fair Trade encourages an understanding by all participants of their role in world trade. Members actively raise awareness about Fair Trade and the possibility of greater justice in the global economic system. They encourage customers and producers to ask questions about conventional and alternative supply chains and to make informed choices. Fair Trade businesses demonstrate that trade can be a positive force for improving living standards, health, education, the distribution of power, and the environment in the communities with which they work.
  5. Pay Promptly and Fairly- Fair Trade empowers producers to set prices within the framework of the true costs of labor time, materials, sustainable growth, and related factors. Fair Trade businesses take steps to ensure that producers have the capacity to manage this process. Fair Trade businesses comply with or exceed international, national, local, and, where applicable, Fair Trade Minimum standards for their employees and producers. We seek to ensure that income is distributed equitably at all times, particularly equal pay for equal work by women and men. Members ensure prompt payment to all of their partners. Producers are offered access to interest-free pre-harvest or pre-production advance payment.
  6. Support Safe and Empowering Working Conditions - Fair Trade means a safe and healthy working environment free of forced labor. Throughout the trading chain, Fair Trade businesses cultivate workplaces that empower people to participate in the decisions that affect them. We seek to eliminate discrimination based on race, caste, national origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, age, marital, or health status. We support workplaces free from physical, sexual, psychological, or verbal harassment or abuse.
  7. Ensure the Rights of Children - Fair Trade means that all children have the right to security, education, and play. Throughout the trading chain, Fair Trade businesses respect and support the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as local laws and social norms. We do not support child trafficking and exploitative child labor.
  8. Cultivate Environmental Stewardship - Fair Trade seeks to offer current generations the ability to meet their needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Fair Trade businesses actively consider the implications of their decisions on the environment and promote the responsible stewardship of resources. We reduce, reuse, reclaim, and recycle materials wherever possible. They encourage environmentally sustainable practices throughout the entire trading chain.
  9. Respect Cultural Identity - Fair Trade celebrates the cultural diversity of communities, while seeking to create positive and equitable change. Fair Trade businesses respect the development of products, practices, and organizational models based on indigenous traditions and techniques to sustain cultures and revitalize traditions. We balance market needs with producers cultural heritage.

 

And with your support, WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE!