Since January 2015 Turquoise Mountain has partnered with Label Step, a Swiss nonprofit organization promoting fair trade of handmade carpets to ensure a comprehensive set of fair trade standards. These include good working and living conditions, fair wages, the prohibition of child labor and environmentally friendly production. Independent STEP inspectors audit and verify all elements of production several times a year. Beyond inspections, STEP also provides advice and support on working condition improvements to the producers. Fair trade protects weavers and workers and turns the carpet industry into an effective instrument of economic development.