Dallas, TX (PRWEB) October 30, 2007
Moroccan furniture and decor's largest import store, The Moroccan Bazaar, has announced the adoption of new purchasing standards in an attempt to remain committed to its principle of promoting the handmade Moroccan furniture industry while displaying a socially responsible relationship with the artisan community.
Despite the increasing demand for Moroccan furniture and decor, global competition from manufactured imitation from China and India, rise of raw material and declining prices have squeezed the income and profit margins of Moroccan furniture artisans to new lows. In the face of deteriorating workplace and financial hurdles, The Moroccan Bazaar has implemented a new approach to its procurement procedures of Moroccan furniture and decor.
To avoid any supply disruptions, the importer launched the pilot program directed to its Moroccan furniture and decor artisans first then will be implemented to the rest of its furnishings product line in the coming months.
The Moroccan Bazaar's Moroccan furniture fair trade initiative overview:
Fair price: Following its tradition of being the higher paying "Moroccan furniture and decor importer, The Moroccan Bazaar is increasing the price it pays for its good 15% over the next 3 years". Moroccan furniture and decor artisans will see the raises in pay take effect on November 15th 2007
Fair workplaces: Moroccan furniture and decor workshops will be monitored on a regular basis to ensure that working conditions are observed and local and international labor laws are respected.
Fair trade education: Customers purchasing Moroccan Furniture and decor are educated about the far reaching effect of purchasing authentic Moroccan handmade furnishings and the support that their purchase represent in the preservation of whole handmade home decor and Moroccan furniture sector.
Fair environmental practices: The Moroccan Bazaar keeps the safeguard of the environment at the forefront when interacting with Moroccan furniture makers for instance in the way they dispose of paint leftovers or the handling of any other hazardous materials.
Fair assistance and respect of culture: The Moroccan Bazaar takes not only the role of educating the US Market, but also the Moroccan furniture artisans about how their decor products are marketed. Assistance and hand on collaboration has lead to many successes such as the collective bargaining for cheaper raw materials used in Moroccan furniture and in providing financial training to artisans.
The Moroccan Bazaar with its proactive approach to fair trade products and issues, despite having increased the cost of inventory, has forged long term partnerships with suppliers and has achieved a sustainable growth in North America consistently for the last 5 years.
About The Moroccan Bazaar: Founded in Tangier, Morocco in 1990, The Moroccan Bazaar moved it operations to Dallas, Texas in 2000 to introduce its product line to the US Market and to support the handmade Moroccan decor industry, its artisans and their uncertain future due to the proliferation of cheap Chinese imitations.
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