Sadaan Team

Sadaan Team


Profile of CONTIGO´s partner Sadaan

Supply chain

Trading partner: Sadaan, microenterprise
Function: Producer
Structure: Own production plant, affiliated production groups
Tradeway: Direct import CONTIGO


Lanterns and decorative items made of powder-coated iron and steel sheets


Moradabad, 170 km east of New-Delhi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India – distance to Europe: 6,000 km

Founded in 2000


  • Founder Sartaj Khan has been doing metalwork ever since
  • 1995: Sartaj Khan starts his own business with his own workshop
  • 2000: Establishment of local sales channels
  • 2010: With growing experience and new ranges the company starts exporting; by then “Sadaan Handicrafts” is registered in the commercial register
  • 2021: Expansion of production to lamps and interior lighting

Cooperation with CONTIGO since 2016

Why does CONTIGO work with Sadaan: Company with many experiences in metal processing, well-structured work organization, open to new ideas and suggestions.


Structure of the business

Number of employees:

  • Permanent staff
    • 9 employees (7 men, 2 women)
    • departments: product development, administration, marketing, management
    • women do quality control and packaging
    • receive monthly fixed salaries – see below (Fair wages)
  • Subcontractors with their own workshops (in house)
    • 19 employees: 12 men, 7 women
    • departments: forging, quality control
    • women do quality control and packaging
    • receive agreed piece-rated wages
  • Cooperation with 5 independant groups (out door workshops)
    • production steps: metal cutting, moulding, welding
    • contract on agreed piece rate

Monika Herbst (left) visited Sadaan in Moradabad (2018)

Work organisation and environment:

  • Separate building with office, showroom, quality control and packing department
  • Rented workshop area with different buildings (specialized in individual production steps)
  • Some production steps (such as metal cutting, moulding, welding) are outsourced to specialized workshops

Production steps:

  • Basic shapes are cut out by machines (squares and rectangles)
  • Irregularly shaped parts are cut out by hand
  • Working out the patterns in an etching process
  • Stamping the edges to prepare for welding
  • Welding together the individual molds (electric spot welding or surface welding with gas)
  • Pretreatment of the surface (cleaning, degreasing)
  • Electronic powder coating and polishing


Exports to the U.S., France, Italy, Germany, Dubai, Lebanon, Great Britain


Fairtrade classification

FTP = Fairtrade in Progress


Fairtrade aspects

Sadaan 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.

  • Elected staff committee (1 member of management, 2 employees)
  • Weekly meetings with all employees
  • Suggestion box for complaints and suggestions

Fair wages

  • Minimum wages in the metal manufactories sector in the state of Uttar Pradesh: (INR = Indian Rupee), as of 2021
    • un-skilled worker: INR 9,078/month
    • semi-skilled worker: INR 9,985/month
    • skilled worker: INR 11,185/month
  • Average wages at Sadaan:
    • Salary for un-skilled workers: INR 9,078–10,500/month
    • Salary for semi-skilled workers: INR 9,985–13,000/month
    • Salary for skilled workers: INR 11,185–25,000/month
  • Payment twice a month in cash or per cheque
  • Bonus payments
    • Holiday bonus (Diwali) in the form of half a month’s salary
    • After finishing of orders (variable additional payment) for all craftsmen in production

Humane working conditions

Working hours:

  • 8 hours/day (10 am – 7 pm)
  • 1 hour lunch break
  • 6 days/week

Social benefits:

  • Paid leave (27 days)
    • 15 holidays – for all salaried employees and piece-rated employees
    • 12 days for recreation – for salaried employees only
  • Continued payment of wage in case of sickness or accidents on presentation of a medical certificate
  • In case of need Sadaan pays hospital bills for the employees

Occupational safety:

  • First aid equipment, 1 trained first aider
  • Protective clothing is provided
  • Fire protection (fire extinguishers, fire alarm, evacuation plan)
  • Regular emergency exercises
  • Clean drinking water
  • Clean sanitary facilities for men and women


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



  • Personal visits in Moradabad (2018)
  • SMETA Audit (2019)
  • ISO-9001:2015 Zertifizierung (2021)


Country information

See Encyclopaedia Britannica: India



Visiting Sadaan in March 2018


Author: Janina Lange on 22. July 2021

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