CORR - The Jute Works (CJW) is a fair trade organisation which was formed in 1973. Based in Bangladesh, CJW represents more than 4,000 women artisans in 154 workshops. It strives to empower rural women through handicraft production, animal husbandry and small job creation projects.
The group works with women regardless of caste, creed and race. It provides job training, develops leadership skills and generates awareness of the hardships that indigenous and rurally based women can face.
Members share ownership, participate in decision-making and receive the benefits of surplus production and a fair wage. CJW advocates for ‘Trade - not aid’ through their invaluable work and is one of the countries' largest exporters of handicrafts.
The artisans also contribute to the protection of the fragile eco-system of Bangladesh. Through the creation of low carbon products made from natural raw materials, they can help better their own lives and and those of the next generation.
Jute is a strong natural fibre which has significant environmental benefits as it consumes carbon dioxide, is 100% biodegradable, renewable and sustainably harvested.