What Is Fair Trade?
What Is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade means an equitable and fair partnership between
marketers, primarily in North America and Europe, and producers in
Asia, Africa, Latin America and other parts of the world. A fair
trade partnership works to provide low-income artisans and farmers
with a living wage for their work.
Fair Trade in not the same as Free Trade
Fair Trade is an
innovative, market-based approach to sustainable development. Fair
Trade helps family farmers in developing countries to gain direct
access to international markets, as well as to develop the business
capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace. By learning
how to market their own harvests, Fair Trade farmers are able to
bootstrap their own businesses and receive a fair price for their
products. This leads to higher family living standards, thriving
communities and more sustainable farming practices. Fair Trade
empowers farming families to take care of themselves - without
developing dependency on foreign aid.
Importers of Fair Trade products and other fairly traded goods
endeavor to establish long-term stable relationships with producer
Creating opportunities for producers
A strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development
Transparency and accountability
Transparent management and commercial relations to deal fairly and
respectfully with trading partners
Develop producers’ independence. Provide continuity, marketing
advice and product development
Fair / living wage
Price agreed upon through dialogue and participation enabling
production which is socially just and environmentally sound.
Women’s work is properly valued and rewarded. Women are paid
No forced child labor
If children participate in the production of goods, it is not at
the expense of…
Their well-being (safe conditions)
Their play time
Sustainable environmental practices
Responsible methods of production.
Organic, shade grown
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