Shine Accessorize


Shine Accessorize

Profile of CONTIGO´s partner Shine Accessorize

Supply chain

Trading Partner: Shine Accessorize, microenterprise
Function: Producer
Structure: Own production plant, affiliated producers
Tradeway: Direct import CONTIGO


Jewellery made of capiz shell and other natural materials


Cebu to Göttingen (Source: Google Earth)

Cebu to Göttingen (Source: Google Earth)

Cebu City, Philippines – distance to Europe: 10.700km

Founded in 2012


  • 1986: First visit of the German co-founder of Shine Accessorize to the Philippines, he is fascinated by the manual skills of the people and establishes a small export company for different producer groups, development of own designs
  • Later: due to increasing requests, building of their own small workshop
  • Predominantly export to Europe: the jewellery out of natural materials is produced under BSCI standards and according to customers´ current requirements
  • 2012: Company´s name changes to Shine Accessorize, founder Shalenie Alvaro
  • Main focus: working with local people on the manufacture of natural materials
  • 2016: CONTIGO meets Shine Accessorize, a first visit in Cebu follows

Cooperation with CONTIGO since 2016

Structure of the organisation

Number of employees:

  • Full-time employees: 6 women
  • Part-time employees: 20-80 women and 2-5 men, depending on order situation

Organisation of workforce:

Monika Herbst and Shalenie

Monika Herbst and Shalenie Alvaro

Main workshop:

  • Administration
  • Production: preparation of materials and finishing of the jewellery out of different elements
  • Quality control (raw materials and finished products)
  • Warehousing (raw materials and finished products)
  • Packing and shipping


  • Home market (50%)
  • Exports (50%) to Germany and Switzerland


  • To create jobs and income opportunities locally (high emigration rates of young people)
  • To process local materials and therefore preserve the tradional handcraft

Special features

  • Shine Accessorize complies with the high standards for labour conditions according to BSCI
  • Shine Accessorize only processes natural and local materials (except components e.g. closures)

Why does CONTIGO work with Shine Accessorize: Shine Accessorize is a well organised company with good networking activities around Cebu, high quality standards, efficient and innovative in design.


Fairtrade classification

FTP = Fairtrade in Progress, young business partnership


Fairtrade aspects

Shine Accessories 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 region: PHP 394/day (PHP= Philippine Peso)
  • Average wage at Shine Accessorize:
    • Un-skilled worker: PHP 394/day
    • Skilled worker: PHP 394-500/day
  • Fixed salary for all employees
  • Salary is paid out by cheque, twice a month
  • Double wages in case of working on holidays
  • Bonuses for good working performance

Humane working conditions

Working hours:

  • 8 hours/day
  • 90 minutes break, split into three breaks
  • 5 days/week

Social benefits: Produktion

  • Paid holidays (15 days)
  • Continued payment of wage in case of sickness or accident
  • 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)
  • In case of overtime Shine Accessorize provides food, beverages and transport service homeward

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 Cebu (2016)


Country information

See Encyclopaedia Britannica: Philippines

Author: Janina Lange on 28. January 2021

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