SERRV's commitment to fair trade runs deep. Since 1949, we've supported small-scale artisans and farmers in areas around the world where poverty is real.
As a co-founder of the World Fair Trade Organization (1989), we helped set the standards and values of the global fair trade movement— including long-term and transparent trading partnerships that build opportunity and accountability.
Purchasing from 40+ artisan organizations in 21 countries, SERRV's bi-annual Better World Partner Audit ensures adherence to our mission to build Sustainable Employment, Resources, Rights, and Vision in small artisanal communities— and to our vision for a better world in the making®.
With in-depth examination and scoring of each of our artisan and farmer partner's organizational and fair trade practices, our Better World Partner Audit verifies their commitment and progress in building:
- Sustainable Employment, including steady and fair payment to artisans and farmers
- Sustainable Resources, including the pursuit of ecological and economic health through renewable assets
- Sustainable Rights, including increasing worker safety and equality
- Sustainable Vision for the future, including pursuit of a thriving community for workers and their families
Upon meeting or exceeding our shared goals and expectations, each partner organization is confirmed as a Better World "Verified Partner" of SERRV International.
Through our own internal Better World Audit, SERRV holds itself to these same standards.
Our Partner Audit scoring system is also designed to identify areas for improvement. With the realities of poverty, some of our partners simply lack access to needed infrastructure, finances or education on best business practices. By completing our bi-annual Audit, we can help identify a clear path for needed training or financial assistance for our partners and enable targeted improvement— and the better world we both seek.