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    Posted October 12, 2011 by
    utamaspice
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    Ubud, Indonesia
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    Are you a slavery-free consumer?

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    Utama Spice Slavery Free Products

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     utamaspice is managing director of Utama Spice, an aromatherapy company in Bali, Indonesia. She says her lifestyle allows her to shop slavery free 'rather simply' for clothes, food and furniture, by purchasing products from local markets and from friends who design and produce them. 'I must admit though when it come to electronics it is a bit more difficult for me to tell if they are truly slavery free or not. For me this problem is compounded when buying from large companies that source a lot of their materials from a wide range of suppliers across the globe, and while they themselves might be slavery free, who is to say that their suppliers or suppliers suppliers are?'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    Utama Spice as a company believes it is our responsibility, and the responsibility of all other companies to insure that all of the materials that are used in their manufacturing process and services are made and traded slavery free.

     

    We feel as a manufacture and distributor of products to end users we are obligated to our customers and humanity as a whole to do the investigative work to insure that all the materials that we use are made with faire trade principles in mind so our customers do not have to do the digging.

     

    To insure this Utama Spice works with a large number of small farmers and local manufacturers to source our materials. This not only helps to insure that the materials are made slavery free but also allows us to support families and their micro businesses.

     

    At times this does come at a cost to both companies and consumers and can require a considerable amount of resources to coordinate and control, however the cost of not doing this is considerably higher then the cost of doing it.

     

    We feel the time has come for companies in all industries to start giving back rather then simply taking, and recognize and consider the cost of their business on the people and the environment around them rather then simply recognizing and considering the costs that show up on their balance sheets.

     

    Utama Spice is taking a stand and hopes others will to.

     

    Utama Spice

    For People, For Earth, For Us.



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