Fair Trade 101

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Fair Trade 101

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 10:34am


Fair trade is a term used frequently in sustainable living circles but like many "green" words, there tends to be confusion as to its meaning.  Fair trade is a sustainability concept and is an alternative way of doing business - one that builds equitable, long-term partnerships between consumers in North America and producers in developing regions. 

The word “fair” can mean a lot of different things to different people and there are myths  about what fair trade really is.  Fair Trade is about more than just paying a fair wage. It is also not charity. It means that trading partnerships are based on reciprocal benefits and mutual respect; that prices paid to producers reflect the work they do; that workers have the right to organize; that national health, safety, and wage laws are enforced; and that products are environmentally sustainable and conserve natural resources. 

Components of Fair Trade include: 

•    Fair wage.

•    Fair working conditions.

•    Open information exchanges between producers, consumers, and companies.

•    Long-term trade relationships between corporations and producers.

•    Practices that promote environmental protection and sustainable practices.

•    Elimination of unnecessary middlemen between producers and consumers.

•    Providing financial and technical assistance to producers whenever possible.

•    Providing equal opportunities for advancement all people.

•    Being open to public accountability.

•    Ensuring the rights of children.

•    Cultivating environmental stewardship.

•    Respecting cultural identity.

As expressed in our sustainability consulting, fair trade is a sustainable business model that has multiple environmental and social impacts: click here to continue reading.
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