Join Us As A Certified STEP Fair Trade Partner

Get the STEP Label

Love handmade carpets — and care about the people who make them

Certified STEP Partners can proudly display their commitment to fair trade by including our logo on their carpet labels. But STEP goes beyond carpet labelling to acknowledge companies for their comprehensive commitment to fair trade. Partners are promoted on our website, have use of our official logo and marketing tools, and, most importantly, receive regular, detailed audit updates on production conditions and advancements in their supply chain.

The STEP Fair Trade Solution

Monitoring that makes sense

Label STEP’s 20 years of experience monitoring and improving working conditions in all important handmade carpet-producing countries has been integrated into the STEP Standard. This industry-leading 10-point standard provides the broadest and strictest labour, health, safety, social and environmental rules in the carpet industry.

Within the STEP Standard, which is adapted to individual production circumstances — from home-based work to loom workshops and factories — we monitor up to 90 compliance measures that must be met or actively worked towards.

If a non-compliance situation is found, cooperative corrective action is initiated by STEP field personnel and conditions are improved … step-by-step … to effect real change.

Going beyond child labour: a holistic, solutions-based approach

In collaboration with its partners (importers, wholesalers, designers and retailers) and their suppliers, Label STEP works to:

  • improve working and living conditions for weavers and workers
  • eliminate child labour
  • empower weavers and workers
  • foster environmentally sound production
  • promote a sustainable industry and enhance market prospects

Simply removing children from looms does not eliminate child labour. At STEP, we not only address such isolated issues as child labour, we work holistically to alter the under- lying industry realities that encourage it. We work for fair wages for adult weavers and education for their children, so everyone can have a brighter future. We seek fair trade solutions that take all social, ecological and commercial issues into consideration. And we believe in collaboration by encouraging and requiring all players within the handmade carpet industry to work cooperatively to ensure a healthy, responsible and sustainable industry.

Advantages of a STEP Certification

Rewarding: Good for your business, good for your weavers

A STEP certificate stands for compliance with the industry’s leading fair trade standards. It not only benefits workers but also opens new markets and communication opportunities.

Effective: fair trade works

STEP not only monitors the production sites of your carpets, we actively support producers, weavers and workers in improving their situation. Fair trade working conditions and satisfied weavers have a positive effect on product quality.

Insightful: We are your hands and your eyes on the ground

We constantly provide you with information and updates from your production sites. We build networks and trusted relationships to benefit your business.

Ethical: Do the right thing

Teaming up with STEP is motivating for you and your staff. Customers get a good feeling in addition to a beautiful carpet. And weavers and workers benefit. Fair trade is a “win- win” grounded in business ethics. It future-proofs your business and those involved in making it strong.

More Information

Our Frequently Asked Questions page has more information on the Label STEP Partnership.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or if you want to join Label STEP as a Certified Partner:

Reto Aschwanden, Managing Director