Fair Flies is a registered Benefit Corporation in the state of Oregon. Why is this important? As a Benefit Corporation we place mission first in our operating agreements. It is the job of our board of directors to make sure that we are first about mission and second about financial returns. Sustainability is important to us be we want to do it in the right way. We believe in Trade instead of Aid and we use flies as our primary product to provide livable wages to people in compromised areas around the world but focused in SE Asia.
Fair Flies is all about pairing your passion for fly fishing with our desire to make positive impacts with communities around the world. Our suppliers are committed to bettering the lives of the people they employ, be that with young people who need direction and purpose to stay out of crime, widows who need help providing for their children, victims of human trafficking who need to be rehabilitated, or simply parents whose children are at risk of being sold into slavery. Obtaining regular orders from Fair Flies helps these suppliers retain employees and provide ongoing mentorship as they engage in the art of fly tying.
It is as much about Being proactive as it is reactive. By paying living wages we are able to help families stabilize, dads to remain in country, moms to help move the family financially forward and not be tempted to send their children elsewhere for the hope of a better life that turns into slavery. We also help women that have been rescued out of the entrapments of the sex industry find a better way to live with an environment that provides counseling and emotional support. Many come with PTSD and need a way to be able to cope in a new life. This is our mission. These are the ones we care about and who your purchase supports.