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Friday, June 1, 2007

Fair Trade

What is it?

Fair trade is an organized social movement which promotes standards for international labour, environmentalism, and social policy in areas related to production of Fairtrade labeled and unlabelled goods. The movement focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries.

Fair trade's strategic intent is to deliberately work with marginalised producers and workers in order to help them move from a position of vulnerability to security and economic self-sufficiency. It also aims at empowering them to become stakeholders in their own organizations and actively play a wider role in the global arena to achieve greater equity in international trade.

Fair Trade Criteria ( Source: Fair Trade Federation)

• Paying a fair wage in the local context

• Offering employees opportunities for advancement

• Engaging in environmentally sustainable practices

• Being open to public accountability

• Building long-term trade relationships

• Providing healthy and safe working conditions within the local context

• Providing financial and technical assistance to producers whenever possible

• Ensuring that there is no abuse of child labor

Common Fair Trade Products:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Chocolate
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Sugar
  • Honey
  • Herbs & Spices
  • Stationary
  • Jewelry
  • Home Decorations
  • Candles/Insense
  • Coats
  • Sweaters
  • Wallets/Purses
  • Stocking Caps/ Gloves
  • Pottery
  • Baskets
  • Toys
  • Musical Instruments

How do I know the product is Fair Trade?

  • Look for one of these labels, if they're not there, don't buy!

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