What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade is a movement: a socially innovative response to market failure – the failure of a conventional globalized trade system to incorporate fair access to markets, wage justice and environmental standards.
The origins of the Fair Trade Movement can be traced back 50 years where, rooted in trade justice and human solidarity, it established alternative methods of supplying products with a shared understanding of fairness and trading partnerships.
Buying Fair Trade products (whether made by artisans or workers or grown by farmers) allows us, as consumers, to support trade justice through our purchasing choices.
Why Fair Trade?
The benefits of international trade are not shared fairly by everyone in the world. Small scale producers, whether farmers or artisans, have limited access to market and price information. As a result, they are often dependent on middlemen and receive smaller returns for their work. Many plantation and factory workers endure low pay, unsafe working environments and poor living conditions.
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 the environment.
Fair Trade refers to businesses selling manufactured and artisan made products. This endorsement assures consumers that these products have been made under Fair Trade working conditions and that these social enterprises are following the 10 Principles of Fair Trade in their business practice.