WELCOME TO THE LABEL FOR GENUINE FAIR TRADERS: WORLD FAIR TRADE ORGANIZATION LAUNCHES THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL GUARANTEE LABEL FOR FAIR TRADE The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) guarantees organisations that meet the ever-growing consumers’ demand for ethical, more sustainable products. An organisation needs to respect the international Fair Trade Standard in order to be recognised […]

Production Management and Quality Control Training

As an Fair Trade organisation, Pekerti always tries to improve its stakeholders’ knowledges and skills. Training is one way Pekerti regularly does. In 2015 Pekerti held Quality Control training for producers in West Jawa, Yogyakarta and Central Jawa. The session was attended by group leaders, workers and subcontractors. In addition to production management and quality […]

Peer Visit for Fair Trade Guarantee System

Our commitment to Fair Trade principles continues to deepen. After we completed The SAR (Self Assessment Report), we continue to the next step as part of World Fair Trade Guarantee process. Our SAR was checked by Zenen Santana Delgado (from Traidcraft, UK) as our peer. The review was not only on Pekerti side but also […]

Producer’s Corner

Producer’s Profile :  Dadang Komarudin, NUDIWA Group From : Sukabumi ,West Java Dadang Komarudin is wooden product producer who also as one of Pekerti Board Member. He has begun to work on handicraft business since 1992, which is much earlier already know Pekerti in 1989. The main product of this Nudiwa group is Congklak or […]

Fair Trade Breaks Poverty

1 October 2015 (Culemborg) – Fair Trade breaks the chain of poverty. Fair traders around the world, together with small producers and backed by consumers, are breaking the chains of poverty.  Fair Trade is growing and that is our proof that we are gaining our fight against extreme poverty. The WFTO membership count doubled from […]

Batik Day

Today, 2nd October knows as National Batik day… The word batik is Javanese in origin. It may either come from the Javanese word amba (‘to write’) and titik (‘dot’), or may derive from a hypothetical Proto-Austronesian root *beCík (‘to tattoo’). The word is first recorded in English in the Encyclopædia Britannica of 1880, in which […]

Pekerti Foundation 40 Years Anniversary

Today, Pekerti Foundation as an Indonesian Fair Trade,  Celebrating 40 years, 11 August 1975 – 2015, of achieving Fair Trade, Justice & Prosperity for producer. Here a brief history about Pekerti Foundation. Yayasan PEKERTI is short for Pengembangan Kerajinan Rakyat Indonesia or Indonesian People’s Folk Art and Handicraft Foundation. We are a social development organisation […]

Andrew, a year with Pekerti

Time keeps running, it was one-year since AVI’s volunteer has worked for Pekerti, Andrew Fleming, the AVI’s volunteer should return to his country, Australia. Many results have been given by Andrew, during his voluntary in Pekerti, especially built a website for marketing Indonesian handicraft to domestic market. With this website, when visitors are interested in […]

Build Public Toilet Facilities in Subang

As the first Fair Trade member in Indonesia, the ethos of Pekerti in its daily practices refers to the 10 Fair Trade principles. The value of Fair Trade is implemented in a variety of activities, one of which is related to sustainability and environmental concerns. One of Pekerti’s activities related to the environment is providing […]

Build Networking With Jakarta Japan Network (J2Net)

Networking is one of the most important strategies for Pekerti to expand market access and promote Fair Trade in Indonesia. Facilitated by Hiroshi, the volunteer from CROSS FIELD, Pekerti had the opportunity to visit Jakarta-Japan Network (J2Net), an organization consisting of Japanese people who live in Indonesia. J2Net has a mission to help disadvantaged children […]

The Volunteer from Cross Field Japan Help to Develop Sales Channel in Japanese Market

CROSS FIELDS is a Japanese organization with an international volunteering program, and in 2015 Pekerti began working with our second volunteer from Japan. The CROSS FIELDS program provides young professionals the opportunity to use their expertise in addressing social challenges that exist in society. Indonesia is one of the countries targeted by this program. Our […]

Pekerti Participated in WFTO ASIA Conference 2014

After a few years absent, Pekerti again attended the WFTO Asia Conference, held this year in Seoul, South Korea. The conference was held from the 17th to the 19th of October and was attended by representatives of organizations from approximately 20 countries. There were three representatives from Indonesia, Pekerti, Mitra Bali and CD Bethesda. Pekerti […]

Pekerti Shares Fair Trade & Community Development Best Practice at Roundtable Discussion of ASEC Indonesia

Pekerti is part of the Asian Solidarity Economic Council (ASEC) Indonesia network, and actively participates in monthly Roundtable Discussion (RTD). In the August edition of the Roundtable Discussion, we were represented by Nur Aenah, Pekerti’s Community Development & Public Relations Manager, who shared our experiences implementing Fair Trade principles with our business and community development […]

Pekerti Participated in WFTOGS Workshop in Yogya

Pekerti and other WFTO Indonesian members had a great opportunity to participate in the World Fair Trade Organisation Guarantee System Workshop led by Carol Wills (the former director of IFAT) and hosted by Apikri in Yogyakarta. Through this workshop, participants had the opportunity to ask questions regarding the WFTOGS and learn more about completing the […]

End Year Visit to Producers

As part of Pekerti’s commitment to supporting producers, our team regularly visits producers in the field, regardless of whether we have orders for them or not. During the visits we discussed preparing WFTOGS, solving production process problems, and the possibility of product development especially for producers that have no orders.

New Fuel Prices & The Impact on Indonesia’s Handicraft Sector

The Indonesia Government reduces the country’s fuel-subsidy program by increasing of the subsidized fuel prices. The new price for Premium gasoline is Rp 8,500 (69 US cents) per liter, up from Rp 6,500, while diesel sells at Rp 7,500 per liter, up from Rp 5,500. Presiden Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said the government was raising of […]

Greetings and Happy Holidays from Pekerti!

As the holiday season approaches, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued partnership. Each of you, in your own way, lighten up our day and make it possible for us to continue our work. May your holiday season and the New Year be filled with much joy, happiness and success. […]

Pekerti Loses Another Important Person

Three months after the passing of its board chairman,  Pekerti is again deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. H. Sugiat Achmad Sumadi SKM, who passed away on Sunday 26th October 2014. Sugiat was a supervisory of Pekerti board member, and former Chairman before Utomo Dananjaya. As one of representative of organisation  founder of Pekerti, […]

New Comers at Pekerti

  In early October Pekerti hired two new staff members.   Rina Noviana fills a designer position in Jakarta, and Aprisandy fills a field staff position in Subang. Both new comers have completed several days of training and orientation activities to help them get started with their new jobs.

Toufik Ardiansyah is No Longer Working for Pekerti

Toufik Ardiansyah, from the Product Development Team, resigned from Pekerti on October 15th 2014. Toufik has made an amazing contribution to Pekerti for during his 7 years with us and we thank him for that. We also wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours and hope he will come back to visit […]

New Baby Born!!

Good news from Pekerti’s Designer, Yunita Anggraeni (Nita), who welcomed her new baby boy Athar Latif Riza into the world on Wednesday 24 September 2014 at 03.30 am, weighing 3.6 kg and measuring 52 cm. “We are very grateful for this wonderful gift from God. The birth of our second child completes our family’s happiness. […]

The August 2014 Newsletter

Rest In Peace Mr & Mrs. Utomo Dananjaya At the end of July, Pekerti was deeply saddened by the loss of an important person. Utomo Dananjaya, the Chairman of Pekerti’s Board passed away on July 22 and was followed by his wife, Mien Mutmainah on July 24, 2014.  “May God give them the comfort and […]

World Fair Trade 2014

    Fair Trade consumers and producers are the drivers of the growing Fair Trade industry.   Fair Trade producers and the people buying their products are the real drivers of the growth of Fair Trade. Backed by promoters, advocates and hundreds of thousands of volunteers all over the globe, Fair Trade has become the […]

Pekerti got the Timber Legality Verification Certificate

 As the requirement for the wood export to European countries, Pekerti got the Timber Legality Verification Certificate. After had prepared for the assessment, finally Pekerti got the certificate in December 2013. The Timber Legality Verification Certificate for pekerti issued by the legal certifier, PT. Mutu Agung Lestari, with certification number of LVLK-003/MUTU/LK-158 which valid to […]

Kunjungan Pekerti ke Traidcraft, Inggris

Sebuah kebanggaan bagi Pekerti untuk dapat memenuhi undangan dari salah satu pembeli Pekerti,Traidcraft di Inggris. Kunjungan selama 14 hari ke Eropa ini Pekerti diwakili oleh bagian penjualan, Ukrumah Suda (Uuk) dan desainer Pekerti, Yunita Anggraeni (Nita). Selain bertemu dengan semua staf Traidcraft, secara khusus Uuk dan Nita bertemu dengan tim pemasaran, desainer serta staf quality […]

Persaingan, Waspadai Terjangan “Made (Better) In” China….

Tidak lama lagi produk-produk China diramalkan segera membanjiri banyak negara. Produk-produk itu tidak lagi sekadar produk massal atau produk “kacangan”, tetapi produk-produk berkualitas tinggi. Pendiri BD+A Design, Irvan A Noerman, mengingatkan, produk China berkualitas atau made (better) in China harus segera diantisipasi. “Dulu produk china dianggap jelek, tetapi mereka akan bangkit, ” kata Irvan saat […]

Cuaca, Air dan Rayap “Musuh” Kayu

Materi kayu tak mungkin dipisahkan dari sebuah bangunan. Mulai dari konstruksi bangunan hingga perabot. Memakai materi kayu memang menghadirkan kesan membumi. Namun, kayu sangat sensitif terhadap perubahan cuaca dan serangan rayap. Apalagi jika pengolahan kayu dan tata letaknya kurang matang justru mengakibatkan penampilan rumah tampak buruk. Agar kayu dapat berfungsi maksimal, beberapa hal perlu dilakukan. […]

Antara VPA dan SVLK

1.      Apakah VPA VPA (Voluntary Partnership Agreement) adalah Kesepakatan bilateral yang mengatur perdagangan kayu ke negara Uni Eropa yang berasal dari negara produsen kayu, yang meliputi; Standar Legalitas berdasarkan hukum nasional Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu Kelembagaan Tujuan VPA •     Mengurangi ekspor kayu ilegal dari negara produsen ke negara negara Uni Eropa•     Kepentingan Uni Eropa: Bagian dari komitmen […]

Kesepakatan Uni Eropa-Indonesia tentang perdagangan kayu ilegal

Indonesia dan Uni Eropa telah merampungkan kesepakatan yang bertujuan mengakhiri perdagangan kayu dari sumber ilegal. BBC Indonesia – Kesepakatan, yang ditandatangani di Jakarta itu dinamai Kesepakatan Kemitraan Sukarela (VPA). Berdasarkan kesepakatan ini, perusahaan-perusahaan Uni Eropa hanya akan boleh mengimpor kayu yang memiliki sertifikat kepatuhan terhadap undang-undang lingkungan yang berlaku di Indonesia. Produk kayu dan kayu mentah […]

Makalah tentang kapas, kain katun, dan WTO

Dipersiapkan untuk pertemuan tingkat menteri WTO ke 8 di Geneva, Desember 2011 Kapas adalah industri global, yang menjadi subyek untuk kepentingan pelaku politik dan ekonomi yang kuat. Kapas tumbuh di lebih dari 90 negara dan diproses di lebih dari 160 negarai Perkembangan kapas Kapas dan kapas tekstil penting bagi negara-negara berkembang. Kapas adalah produk ekspor […]


Namanya Bank Gemah Ripah. Selain ingin melambangkan kemakmuran, gemah ripah juga kependekan dari “gerakan memilah” dan “recycle sampah”. Bank Gemah Ripah memang bank khusus sampah yang beroperasi di Pendukuhan Badegan, Bantul, Yogyakarta. Oleh sebab itu, lahan kantor seluas 40 meter persegi itu pun penuh sampah. Tentu saja bukan sampah sembarangan. Laiknya memperlakukan duit pada bank […]


KLH melihat bank sampah sebagai salah satu cara jitu untuk mengelola sampah. Perputaran dananya mencapai ratusan juta rupiah. Semakin banyak sampah, semakin menggunung laba yang diraup. Kini jumlahnnya mencapai 170-an bank sampah. Segerombolan orang berpakaian bekas kemasan plastic berbondong-bondong memenuhi panggung. Mereka kemudian terlihat ramai-ramai seperti membuang sesuatu. Tak lama kemudian, muncul seniman pantomime kondang,Jemek […]

Pekerti will attend the 13th INACRAFT 2011

On 20 -24 April 2011 Pekerti will attend the 13th INACRAFT 2011. Pekerti will joint with 5 others member of Forum Fair Trade Indonesia (FFTI) which will display Fair Trade product from our artisans. The stand will be placed on Assembly Hall 3 no 33. This event will start at 10 am to 10pm. Pekerti […]