Capiz Shell

Capiz Shell-Team


This trade relationship is currently not active.


Profile of CONTIGO´s partner Capiz Shell

Cebu to Göttingen (Source: Google Earth)


Jewellery and home decoration made of Capiz shells


Minglanilla, Cebu, Philippines – distance to Europe: 10,700km

Founded in 1973


  • 1973: Founding of Capiz Shell
  • 1987: Business is transformed into cooperative
  • 2005: CONTIGO meets Capiz Shell
  • 2018: The company was liquidated. 

Cooperation with CONTIGO since 2005

Structure of the business

Number of employees:

  • 15 employees (5 women and 10 men)
  • Work / Production at home: 15 craftsmen, so-called „subcontractors“
  • Cooperation with 6 workshops (with 84 employees in total)

Work organisation:

Devided into 7 departments

  • Research and product development, sampling
  • Washing of raw material and finished products
  • Lamination
  • Painting
  • Soldering (e.g. the lotus candleholders)
  • Production of chandeliers
  • Packing and shipping

Monthly meetings with all employees


  • Home market (5%): hotels
  • Exports (95%) to Europe, USA, Middle East


  • To build a stable business that is internationally competitive and that can survive economically in unstable times
  • To open up a small supermarket for employees where food is 10-15% cheaper

Special features

  • Capiz Shell offers trainings for students from „Sisters of Mary School – Boystown“

Why does CONTIGO work with Capiz Shell: They are a creative organisation with successful products and they are very good at developing their own products


Fairtrade classification

FTA= Fairtrade Approved


Fairtrade aspects

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Capiz Shell complies with the following Fairtrade Principles:

No child labour

No discrimination

No discrimination due to gender, disability, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political orientation, or infection with HIV

Fair wages

  • Minimum wage in the sector/region: PHP 353/day (PHP=Philippine Peso)
  • Wage at Capiz Shell: Minimum wage
    • Employees receive fixed salary (payment in cash, monthly)
    • Workers in production receive piece rate (payment in cash, weekly)
  • Higher wages in case of overtime (plus meal allowance)
  • Holiday bonus
  • One monthly salary extra

Humane working conditions

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Working hours:

  • 8 hours/day
  • 1 break (lunch)
  • 6 days/week

Social benefits:

  • Contributions to health insurance (PhilHealth) and social security system (SSS)
  • Contributions to national pension fund „Pag-IBIG“ = Home Development Mutual Fund (loans for housing, other multipurpose loans)
  • Payment of transport costs

Educational opportunities:

  • Thorough initial training for all new employees
  • Vocational training in-house
  • Training courses on health care and safety

Occupational safety:

  • All safety standards are met



  • Work contracts are available
  • Payroll is available
  • Pay slips are available
  • SAR (Self Assessment Report) was duly submitted to CONTIGO


  • Personal visits in Minglanilla (2010)


Country information

See Encyclopaedia Britannica: Philippines



Raw materials





Author: Janina Lange on 21. October 2018

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