ACTIV Association was officially registered as a charitable association on the 8th February 2008. ACTIV aims to socially, economically and environmentally empower the disadvantaged and marginalized people of Vanuatu through the concept of Fair Trade . ACTIV is a national union of associations, cooperatives, small producers and other individuals from Ambae, Pentecost, Maewo, Paama, Tanna, Erromango, Puninga, Ambrym, Futuna, Epi, Vanua-Lava, Araki, Gaua, Malekula, Mataso, Aneithyum and Efate Island. However, ACTIV's reach across the islands is continuing to grow. The women in ACTIV's logo has been designed by a well known female artist from Erromango and member of the Board, Juliette... read more ACTIV Association was officially registered as a charitable association on the 8th February 2008. ACTIV aims to socially, economically and environmentally empower the disadvantaged and marginalized people of Vanuatu through the concept of Fair Trade . ACTIV is a national union of associations, cooperatives, small producers and other individuals from Ambae, Pentecost, Maewo, Paama, Tanna, Erromango, Puninga, Ambrym, Futuna, Epi, Vanua-Lava, Araki, Gaua, Malekula, Mataso, Aneithyum and Efate Island. However, ACTIV's reach across the islands is continuing to grow. The women in ACTIV's logo has been designed by a well known female artist from Erromango and member of the Board, Juliette Pita. ACTIV has three branches to fulfil its mission: ACTIV Forum, ACTIV Community and ACTIV Earth. ACTIV Forum promotes and retails the products produced from around the archipelago. ACTIV Community works alongside communities in identifying income-earning opportunities and assisting in product development to realise these opportunities. ACTIV Earth deals with various environmental and social projects to improve the living conditions of rural communities. ACTIV follows nine objectives: 1. Creating opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers: Poverty reduction through trade forms a key part of the association's aims. The association supports economically disadvantaged or marginalized producers; whether these are independent, family businesses or grouped in associations or co-operatives. The trade supports community development. It seeks to enable producers to move from a position of vulnerability to one of security and from material poverty to income and ownership. The main aim of the association is to foster empowerment of the rural communities though economic and social programs. The association is seeking to increase international market access for communities' handicrafts through fair trade and organise workshop to assist them to generate income from their handicrafts and agricultural products. 2. Transparency with trading partners and accountability to all stakeholders: The association is transparent in its management and commercial relations and deals fairly and respectfully with its trading partners. It is accountable to all its stakeholders in a process that respects the sensitivity and confidentiality of information supplied. The association finds participatory ways to involve employees/staff and producers in its decision-making process and give special attention to the dissemination of relevant information to all its trading partners. 3. Capacity building with trading partners for long-lasting relationships: The association seeks to develop producers skills. It develops specific activities to provide assistance to producers and commits to providing continuity in its trading relationships with its partners in the supply chain over a given period. The association takes responsibility as appropriate to assist producers and marketing organisations to improve their management skills and their access to international, regional and/or local markets, both Fair Trade and mainstream as appropriate. 4. Promotion of fair trade for greater justice in world trade: The association raises awareness of the aim of Fair Trade and of the possibility for greater justice in world trade through Fair Trade. It advocates the objectives and activities of Fair Trade according to the scope of the organisation. It acknowledges the importance of customers for the growth and effectiveness of its movement. 5. Payment of a fair price that has been mutually agreed between ACTIV and the producer: A fair price is one that has been mutually agreed by all through dialogue and participation, which provides fair pay to the producers and can also be sustained by the market. Fair pay means provision of socially acceptable remuneration (in the local context) considered by producers themselves to be fair and which takes into account the principle of equal pay for equal work by women and men. 6.Advocation of gender equity through the empowerment Vanuatu women yet still remaining sensitive to custom and tradition: The association provides opportunities for women and men to develop their skills and actively promotes applications from women for job vacancies. Women employees are provided with leadership training and encouraged to seek leadership roles. Women are always paid for their contribution to the production process. Local cultures and traditions are respected and steps taken to avoid discrimination on the grounds of religion, disability, caste or age. 7. Promoting a safe and healthy working conditions for producers: The association is taking steps to promote a safe and healthy working environment for producers with clean water to drink, adequate sanitation and access to essential medical support. The association raises awareness of health and safety issues with producers on a regular basis. 8. Protecting the UN declared rights of a child: The association and its members respect the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as the law and social norms in the Vanuatu context, in order to ensure that the participation of children in production processes of fairly traded articles (if any) does not adversely affect their well-being, security, educational requirements and need for play. 9. Protection of the environment by using only sustainably managed materials for products: The association maximizes the use of raw materials from sustainably managed sources buying locally when possible. The association promotes the use of technology that respects the environment as well as the use of initiatives to reduce energy consumption, and creates awareness of environmental hazards
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