Answers to all your questions about the process, the concept
and the impact.
What is FairBuy?
FairBuy is a mobile application (smartphone app) which allows its users to offset the production conditions of fashion items by a contribution of 50 cents per item. These represent the average difference in production costs between fair-traded items and conventional fast fashion products. They are forwarded to a garment workers’ welfare trust as proposed by Peace Nobel laureate Prof. Muhammud Yunus, which directly takes care of garment workers’ issues.
The idea is that, while we may not be able to always find FairTrade items, we can still turn them into FairBought ones by offsetting them when we purchase.
By making each contribution a statement, the brands & retailers are encouraged to make their statements, too, that is to officially (not just in their own CSR guidelines) pledge to pay living wages. With such a promise (not to move production to a cheaper country if the minimum wage rises), they enable the governments and unions to set higher minimum wages.
For every statement made, a sponsor will increase the contribution.
Why should I "make it a statement"?
Because FairBuying is only the first step on the way to generally fair wages. As much as it is a way to pay the workers directly, it is a communication tool to encourage the brands to enforce the payment of living wages in their supply chain. Find more information here.
How does FairBuy work?
After you’ve installed the app, you make your first donation and get credit which you can use to offset your garments. For this, you choose “FairBuy now” from the main menu and enter your purchases (by choosing the brand and indicating the number of items). Then you click “FairBuy xy items”, choose whether you want to make your contribution a statement or contribute anonymously, click the corresponding button – and that’s it. We will forward the amount of your donation to initiatives which take care of the garment workers’ issues.
Where does the money go to?
We cannot identify who made your garment. Therefore we carefully choose initiatives which directly take care fo garment workers’ issues. We choose them using the criteria urgency and impact. Read more here.
The money we collect currently will go to the Rana Plaza Donors’ Trust – that is the compensation for the victims of the collapsed buildings. Also on this, you can find more information here.
Why do I have to pay in advance? What are these fees?
Since the FairBuy Foundation is a non-profit-company, we cannot advance the donations and then send you a bill. Neither can we cover the transaction costs for you. They are the fees the payment provider charges. They are always indicated when you make your donation. The more credit you buy in advance, the less transaction costs you have to pay.
Your contributions are donations, therefore they are non-refundable (not being a finance institution, we are not allowed to hold credit accounts for our users).
We will provide a donation receipt. We will send you an email about that later this year.
Why do I have to indicate the brands?
You don’t have to (you can always choose ” Other Brand/Not Indicating” – but it would really help if you did!
Your statements count more if the brands & retailers can see (not individual contributions but the overview) that also their own customers (or potential customers, if you bought from brands they consider competitors) are willing to pay living wages. It also allows the sponsors to choose for which items they want to sponsor offsetting (without directly accessing the data!).
What if I can’t find my brand?
The brand list is user-generated. If you are missing a brand (or just noticing that one is missing; ), you can help us by scrolling down and sending us your suggestion (the app will open a pre-formulated e-mail in which you only need to fill the brand name). Thank you!
Which data do you collect and what happens to it?
We collect the data of the items you offset (brand, amount). We will not create profiles of your shopping behaviour. We might – with your agreement – include information from our sponsors in our newsletter. We will not give your data, offset histories, e-mail addresses, fb profiles – or any other imformation to anyone (not even to the sponsors)! In fact, we even created a legal setting which prevents us from doing so.
Who is behind FairBuy?
We are the FairBuy Fashion Offsetting GmbH. In order to provide a maximum transparency, we created a strictly Non-Profit-Organization, the FairBuy Foundation gUG (i.G.), which owns the App and ensures that the users’ as well as the sponsors’ contributions will be forwarded untouched. Read more about transaprency here.
While the FairBuy Fashion Offsetting GmbH itself is not profit-oriented either, it provides for the project’s sustainability by ensuring that the operating costs can be covered. This happens by charging a small fee from the sponsors.