People often ask what kind of work I do. Ok so it’s mostly my Dad, he asks a lot. I explain I work in the fair trade industry but what exactly is that…
Fair trade promotes trade equality and justice. From producer through to consumer it is about ensuring the choices we make, have a positive impact on our lives, the lives of others and our environment.
The fair trade approach offers an alternative way to the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally exploits the poorest, weakest producers and misuses natural resources. Fair trade provides a fair price for goods and services, safe working conditions and a commitment to environmentally sustainable production. Not just about buying and selling; fair trade principles require traders to ensure the price they pay includes a social premium or margin that goes towards welfare programs, education, healthcare and training for marginalized workers. This holistic approach makes fair trade unique and empowers disadvantaged communities to play an active part in their own development.
Whilst many companies claim ethical and environmental responsibility only those working to the 10 fair trade principles have set out to ensure justice and fairness in each link of the chain, which supplies everything we need and want to consume.