What is Fair Trade
What is Fair Trade?
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.