Gossypium

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Gossypium Ltd is a UK firm retailing organic fairtrade cotton clothes.

The fairtrade cotton case shows an interesting diversity in the ways to combine (or not) ethical sourcing with ethical ownership principles.

Gossypium says that it is inspired by the French Association Max Havelaar http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Havelaar_(association), which is a non-profit spin-off from the Dutch Stichting Max Havelaar http://www.maxhavelaar.nl/. Both are part of the Fairtrade Labelling organisation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FLO_International.

However the British Gossypium http://www.gossypium.co.uk/ is by contrast is a family firm with fair trade and organic principles - what we used to call “hip capitalism”.

A Guardian article on 18 Jun 11 http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/jun/18/wind-power-bonds-green-energy?INTCMP=SRCH says Gossypium is 10% owned by an Indian farmers’ co-operative (but this does not appear on the company's website). This may be in emulation of Divine Chocolate which is 45% owned by a Ghanaian cocoa farmers’ co-operative.