Fair trade is a certification system that ensures the people who make the things we buy are treated fairly. Many times, particularly in developing countries, adults and children alike are forced into deadly work environments, where they get little or no pay, no healthcare, and children have no hope of an education. If something is certified “fair trade,” it means the product was made with the following guarantees:
- Fair Wages
- No sweatshop labor/Dangerous Working Conditions
- No Child Labor
- Environmentally Safe Manufacturing Processes
- Workers’ Children Go to School
- Women Empowerment
Look for one of these symbols on a product package to know if it’s certified fair trade.
Fair Trade is a Movement
Fair Trade is a piece of the global justice movement that seeks to empower producer communities, activists, and consumers and radically redefine power structures through people-centered, democratic trading alternatives.
Fair Trade is more than just trading: it proves that greater justice in world trade is possible. The Fair Trade movement values cooperative work and democratic, transparent decision making as a critical component of empowerment. It builds peoples’ power in the face of globalization and highlights the need for change in the rules and practice of conventional trade, while demonstrating how a successful business can meet a triple bottom line.
Fair Trade is a Market Based Development Strategy
Fair Trade is a market based development strategy that gives marginalized producers a chance to succeed in the global marketplace and offers Fair Trade consumers a means to make their purchasing power a tool for real social and economic change in the world. Fair Trade products ensure that producer cooperatives were paid a fair price for their goods, which are produced under safe working conditions
Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering mutually agreed upon trading conditions to and securing the rights of marginalized producers and workers. Source
The key to ending global poverty for good is sustainable projects. Not short-term aid.
- What is a sustainable project? One that considers all facets of the issue, and proposes methods that are able to be repeated and implemented without outside help. Although we are not religiously affiliated, the “give a man a fish vs teach a man to fish” parable best describes the difference between a sustainable project and a short term solution.
- Fair trade is a sustainable approach to global poverty.