Thursday, October 4, 2018

Fair Trade The Human Journey

Why Fairtrade

Fairtrade is about Sustainable Development, it supports workers in developing countries to produce products at internationally agreed Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards.

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The standards include protection of workers’ rights and the protection of children, the preservation of the environment, payment of the Fairtrade Miminum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in initiatives to support local communities or business development.

Every time you choose a product carrying the Fairtrade Mark you are making the choice to give a fair go to farmers, workers and their communities in some of the world's poorest countries.

By purchasing Fairtrade Products you are being part of creating a more equal world. 

The Fairtrade Mark   

The Fairtrade Mark shows you that the Fairtrade ingredients in the product have been produced by small-scale farmer organisations or plantations that meet internationally agreed Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards.

Some products, such as coffee, cocoa, and cotton, can only be certified by Fairtrade if they come from small-scale farmer organizations.

By working through democratic organizations of small-scale farmers, Fairtrade offers rural communities the stability of income which enables them to plan for the future and invest in developing their organisation.

For some products such as bananas, and tea, Fairtrade can certify plantations (companies that employ large numbers of workers on large areas of land called estates). Standards for large-scale production differ from those for small-scale farmer organizations by focusing on the protection of workers’ basic rights; keeping them safe and healthy, allowing them freedom of association and collective bargaining, preventing discrimination and ensuring no bonded or illegal child labor is present.

Fairtrade Standards also require employers to pay wages that progress towards living wage benchmarks.

Advocating for fair working conditions and worker rights is integral to Fairtrade’s mission.

The Fairtrade Minimum Price  

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For most Fairtrade goods there is a Fairtrade minimum price which is set to cover the cost of sustainable production for that product in that region.

If the market price for that product is higher that our minimum price, then producers should receive the market price.

 Payment of the minimum price is regularly audited and checked by FLO-Cert.

This acts as a vital safety net for farmers and workers and protects them from fluctuations in the market prices of the products they grow for a living.

 This protection ensures they can have an assured and stable income and plan for their future. Fairtrade is the only certification scheme that offers this unique minimum price protection for farmer

 The Fairtrade Premium

Over and above the Fairtrade minimum price, the Fairtrade Premium is an additional sum of money which goes into a communal fund for workers and farmers to use – as they see fit - to improve their social, economic and environmental conditions
Producers determine what is most important to them; whether this is education or healthcare for their children, improving their businesses or building vital infrastructure such as roads and bridges for their community.

What makes Fairtrade different?  
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Fairtrade supports farmers and workers in gaining more from trade and through this they are empowered to control their lives. It is an alternative approach that is based on partnership; one between those who grow our food and those that consume it.

Fairtrade is 50 percent owned by producers

Fairtrade works with a range of stakeholders but the global system is 50 percent owned by producers representing farmer and worker organizations. With an equal voice, producers have a say in decision-making within the General Assembly and Fairtrade International Board of Directors. Through the Board and its committees, they are involved in decisions on overall strategy, use of resources and setting prices, premiums and standards.

Fairtrade works for gender equality

Women working in agriculture in developing countries produce 60-80 percent of the world's food, but make up only 10-20 percent of land owners. Women can be excluded from decision making, and traditional and cultural gender inequality can reduce their access to property, money and other resources they need to earn living. Fairtrade incorporates gender equality and women's rights into its programming, to make sure we're working together towards a better future for all.

As well as enabling stable prices that cover the costs of sustainable production and fair working conditions Fairtrade creates market access that enables buyers to trade with producers who would otherwise be excluded from the market. 

Fairtrade creates a fair and sustainable marketing model that alleviates exploitive practices and poverty and allows people to feel empowered to create positive changes in their lives and those of their community.

Where Am I Eating An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy by Kelsey Timmerman.This book shows how what we eat affects the lives of the people who produce our food. Through compelling stories, explores the global food economy including workers rights, the global food crisis, fair trade, and immigration.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

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