Trade+Impact exists because of it's members. They are why we do, what we do.
We work towards ensuring we understand our members, how they work, where they are in their business, and how we can best provide the support they need:
we know that no two businesses are the same.
Because of this, we have developed Trade Tiers* and Impact Tiers to assess our members with regards to both their growth plus their impact as a social enterprise. With this system, T+I assesses each member once their membership has been processed. This helps to ensure that we provide meaningful, tailored benefits to each member.
*Trade tiers were based upon a model designed in Rwanda and refined by Swaziland Fair Trade
TRADE 1 Enterprises are generally informal unregistered businesses. They are focused on the local market, selling direct to consumers and some local retailers.
Generally they both produce and sell their products on their own, but commonly will have family members or friends assist with production. They have no export experience. Systems and record keeping is very manual.
IMPACT 1 Enterprises see their impact focused within their personal sphere - because of the scale of their business, they are unable to have a substantial impact within the community around them.
These enterprises operate with a small environmental footprint, as they ensure to integrate safe environmental practices into their production. Often, their impact is within their families - because they are able to sell their products, they are able to provide for their families as a result.
TRADE 2 Enterprises are formally registered businesses; they have a strong local market and limited exporting experience - most likely from exporting to neighbouring countries.
There are group(s) of producers working on production of the products, which means their capacity is larger than a TRADE 1. Their business knowledge and design skills are more advanced. In their operations, they often have a combination of manual and automated systems.
IMPACT 2 Enterprises have a focus on their employees and producers, in addition to the environment around them. Often, these enterprises will provide support to their producers/employees through Peer Educator & Health Awareness programs, pay advances, savings schemes, health benefits, workplace safety equipment and training, as well as skills development to grow their team from within.
These enterprises are paying fair wages and often working towards achieving living wages. Because of their impact, their employees and producers are able to improve their standards of living.
TRADE 3 Enterprises are formally registered and leaders in social enterprise across Africa + Middle East. There are two tiers within this T3 category, with New Exporters and Expert Exporters.
Often, these enterprises will work with many producers and have substantial production capacity - with the ability to ship containers. They have systems and processes in place, often with a full organogram including middle management and even departments. These enterprises are also passionate about growing their brands and being globally recognized.
IMPACT 3 Enterprises not only provide for their employees and producers, but often the communities in which they live in as well. They may have non-profits developed or in which they partner with to provide services to the communities in which they operate.
They may get their customers and consumers involved in providing social support as well, through promotional products and/or fundraising activities. These enterprises are working towards growing their impact and often are willing to work with smaller enterprises to mentor them to further increase their trade and impact levels.
** Please note that members are evaluated based upon the information provided to Trade+Impact by the company and not through an assessment of their business.