Coproca is a private enterprise whose main shareholders are 1,200 Alpaca breeding families living in the Bolivian highlands. Coproca is the only wool company in Bolivia which is organized as a cooperative. Due to its organizational structure the families take a direct part in the economical profit and get a fair price. The factory is situated at an altitude of 4000 meters in El Alto, the poorest part of Latin America. There, in the factory, the Cooperative hires 45 employees to process of the wool. Woolhunter visited the company in November 2012.
For 81 years, Michell has produced Alpaca wool in Arequeipa Peru. Today, Michell is one of the biggest yarn producers in Peru. Michell is supports sustainable production and the protection the Peruvian enviroment. Michell is taking their social responsibility seriously and is supporting their employees by building schools for their children. Michell is the next destination for Woolhunter to visit.
1884 Heinrich Hohenberger founded the weaving company, bearing his name, in Southern Germany. Today, Hohnberger looks back on more than a hundred years of experience in producing the finest quality of woven wool and cashmere goods. Woolhunter is working with Bernd Michell, who operates his small weaving mill at Schwarzenbach am Wald. Mr. Michel’s immense knowledge and accuracy were a priceless help in creating our blankets.
Fair Trade was created to give small farmer cooperatives access to the world market. It gives famers the opportunity to trade their way out of poverty. Fair Trade not only guarantees a fair price, which covers their production costs, it also guarantees safe working conditions, long term partnerships and protects the environment. We try to contribute what we can and share 10% of our profit for development of the wool processing cooperative. Woolhunter constantly strives to improve on our social and environmental goals.
Businesses should support and respect the protection of the internationally proclaimed human rights.
Businesses should make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
The effective abolition of child labour; and
The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility;
Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Businesses should work against corruption.