Corr - The Jute Works

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  • House No. 27, Road No. 119, Block CES (B), Gulshan
  • 1212 Dhaka
  • Bangladesh

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CORR-The Jute Works is a registered Fair Trade Trust of producing and marketing handicrafts incepted in September 2, 1973. It is also a pioneer member of World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) previously known as IFAT.

After the War of Independence in 1971, aiming at ameliorating the plights of the war widows, war victims and marginalized rural women, who became dependent on relief and sympathy, CORR (Christian Organization for Relief and Rehabilitation), now Caritas Bangladesh, carried out a program of reconstruction. In August 1972, CORR received a letter from CARE New York office. One Design Firm Lesley & Co of New York had offered to help with the development of the handicrafts in Bangladesh. In January 1973 a young designer, Louisa Brooke came to Dhaka for a six week period of observation. She found that a handicraft training Centre already existed, the Jagorani Centre, run by two Catholic Nuns: Sr. Michael Francis, CSC and Sr. Mary Lillian, SMRA. Rural women were trained producing of jute and other crafts for eight weeks in the centre which were sold locally. Hence, they involve in a part-time employment at home earning a supplementary income for the family. The two sisters started organizing village groups and training provided by Louisa Brooke.

In June 1973, Harley Snyder, a CPA was seconded to CORR by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) for two years for organizing a central organ for jute crafts. Rev. Fr. Richard William Timm, CSC drew up a plan for a cooperative handicraft project, which would be exclusively for women. The rural artisan groups were to form the primary cooperatives and CORR-The Jute Works (CJW), the Centre, would ultimately become a central handicraft organization. An export license obtained in the name of CJW. CJW got underway in September 02, 1973.

CJW opened for the first eight months in the unused two room garage of Oxfam. Oxfam helped in testing the foreign market through their shops in England. The Oxfam Country Director in Bangladesh also served in the Managing Committee of CJW for the first two years. International Rescue Committee contributed the cost of three local employees in the first year of operation. MCC, Concern, Enfant du Monde, YWCA, CHCP and a few smaller organizations gradually became associated with CJW because of their involvement with income generating activities for the poor women. They formed artisan groups and received training through CJW. Rev. Peter McNee, a missionary from New Zealand on behalf of CJW, voluntarily took the responsibility to find foreign markets for these crafts. The Third World Shops (now known as Fair Trade Organizations – FTOs/ATOs) sold the crafts of the rural women artisans, through their shops. Gradually an export market was established to flourish and expand over the years providing employment to increa

singly needy rural women. CJW exported handicrafts to different foreign markets in favour of the poor and grassroots women artisans to ensure their fair wage which lead them to live in dignity. CJW ensures ‘Trade - not aid’ through its work.

Vision Statement

CORR – The Jute Works envisions the Empowerment and Dignity of the disadvantaged and marginalized; especially women, people with disability and indigenous people of the society.

Mission Statement

Capacity building of the marginalized; especially women, people with disability and the indigenous people of the society ensuring Trade Justice, market access and improved living standard.


CJW was founded and is running on the basic principles espoused by Caritas Bangladesh. CJW is not merely a business where actors compete with each other for maximum profit; rather it reflects the compassion and concern of Jesus Christ for the disadvantaged people of the society and seeks the liberation and empowerment of the women through organizing them in cooperative groups for their self-reliance. Social and Trade Justice is the basis of CJW. Maximizing benefit of the artisans is its Aim. For that reason, CJW has been transformed from its early orientation of being a rehabilitation project for war-widows to being a Trust organization, in which the members share the ownership, participate in decision-making and receive the Fair Trade premium.

Ethical guideline


  • CJW reflects the compassion and concern of Jesus Christ for the disadvantaged and marginalized people of the society in love, care and faith;

  • Work with dedication, honesty, sincerity and professional approach;

  • Work for the well-being of the artisans irrespective of caste, creed and race;

  • Follow ‘Trade not Aid’ practice by following ‘Standards of Fair Trade’;

  • Sharing Fair Trade Premium among the artisan groups;

  • Promote democratic practice and good governance;

  • Ensure artisan participation in all spheres of the organization;

  • Ensure protection of Terra-mater by


               • producing Eco-friendly, bio-degradable products

               • using natural and local raw materials in a sustainable way

               • banning uses of hazardous chemicals and materials

               • strongly work for adaptation and mitigation of climate change;


  • Above all, CJW works for a better humane society free from oppression, threat and injustice.


Cross cutting issues


Social Justice

Fair Trade

People with disability

Indigenous people


Good governance



Advocacy, Lobbying & Networking


1. Artisan cooperatives are functional and main streamed in economy


  • Organize/reorganize the groups according to the bye-laws of the group

  • Capacity building training to raise their leadership, awareness and production skill

  • Inter exchanges of artisans capacity/experiences

  • Promote thrift, self-help, democratic practices and good governance among the craft groups in the management of their affairs and to make them self-reliant by group action

  • Create Market for the crafts of the group at both home and abroad.

  • Develop crafts according to the artisan capability

  • Make the artisan competent understanding the market dynamics and challenges through constant awareness and capacity building activity.


2. Artisans have access to substantial income and contributes to organizational / cooperative growth


  • Ensure work for the artisans round the year

  • Participate in national and international trade fairs, workshops and seminars

  • Acquire need based/advanced technical knowledge, update technical know-how and information on market trend, taste and quality.


3. Promion of Fair Trade Aware the community on


  • Fair Trade through linkage, communication & advocacy.

  • Promote the Fair Trade nationally, regionally and globally through campaign, network building.

  • Inter-exchange among the FTOs


4. Expansion & growth of trade


  • Continuous product development

  • Capture all possible market segments with

  • Develop useable and fashionable design to correspond the market dema

  • Develop professionalism in all spheres of operation of the organization

  • Arrange advance skill development trainings for the staffs to make them

  • To arrange exposure tour for the staffs to gain practical experience

  • Review and update the organizational structure and all the policies (A

  • procurement, marketing, promotional...) Initiate/expand the local market

  • Integrate indigenous crafts and mainstream it


5. Response to social development and emergencies


  • Initiate/Support development activities such as education, safe water & sanitation, enviromntal, recreational and health care facilities for better living conditions for the community.

  • Establish development funds for well being of artisan

  • Establish emergency response fund.




Handbag, Shopping/Shoulder bag Backpack, Waist pack, Clutch purse, Sika, Mobile, Chime, Wall...

Corr - The Jute Works House No. 27, Road No. 119, Block CES (B), Gulshan 1212 Dhaka Bangladesh +880 28837745-7


Jute Blend

Bread/Fruit/Flower, Decor, Laundry, Tray, waste baskets Hammock, Cradle, Rope ladder, Curtain/...

Corr - The Jute Works House No. 27, Road No. 119, Block CES (B), Gulshan 1212 Dhaka Bangladesh +880 28837745-7



Vase, Pitcher, Pot Planter, Bird feather, Bird bath, Plant hangers, Mosquito coil burner, Incense...

Corr - The Jute Works House No. 27, Road No. 119, Block CES (B), Gulshan 1212 Dhaka Bangladesh +880 28837745-7



Broom Bread/Fruit/Flower, Decor, Laundry, Tray, Waste baskets, boxes Coaster, Hot mat

Corr - The Jute Works House No. 27, Road No. 119, Block CES (B), Gulshan 1212 Dhaka Bangladesh +880 28837745-7



Cane furniture Umbrella stand Back scratcher Flute, Ektara, Doogdoogi

Corr - The Jute Works House No. 27, Road No. 119, Block CES (B), Gulshan 1212 Dhaka Bangladesh +880 28837745-7

Exhibitor at the following trade fair

Ambiente 2016

12.02.2016 - 16.02.2016 Hall: 10.1 Stand: C 74