Label STEP – Fair Trade in Handmade Carpets

Label STEP is the fair trade non-profit organization committed to the wellbeing of weavers and workers in the handmade carpet industry

Label STEP is more than just a label. To address the complex issues of the handmade carpet industry at their roots, it takes a solutions-based approach. Founded in Switzerland in 1995, STEP is committed to the wellbeing of weavers and workers in the handmade carpet industry.

The non-profit organization’s comprehensive fair trade standards encompass universal human rights, including the prohibition of child labour; working conditions; fair wages and eco-friendly production. Certified STEP Fair Trade Partners commit to independent audits throughout their supply chain.

STEP actively supports producer improvements while empowering weavers and workers through educational programs that cover such topics as health and safety and financial literacy. Through these combined efforts, STEP reinforces industry sustainability and helps preserve centuries-old artisanal skills.

STEP is the only non-governmental organization of its kind working in all major handmade rug and carpet producing countries.