In an ideal world all trade would be just & fair, you could rest assured that all purchases would be made knowing that the people making them were paid fairly and had safe working conditions. It’s only fair. Right?
In today’s society a high demand for cheap products spurs unethical practices in the developing world. The benefits of international trade are not shared fairly by everyone, small producers have limited access to market and price information and as a result, they are often dependent on middlemen and receive smaller returns for their work. Many artisans and plantation and factory workers endure low pay, unsafe working environments and poor living conditions. The way that many products are produced and traded is simply unjust. Fair trade is an answer to this.
Fair trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity for producers - farmers, artisans and workers.
By supporting artisans who are marginalised we can assist people in making a difference for themselves and their communities, each time we make fair and ethical shopping choices we are making a difference. Fair Trade Organisations, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade.
We have tagged products as Fair Trade that are produced by small marginalised communities and are certified by one of the many fair trade labelling systems.