First Buyer Label
The First Buyer Label is a label that can be used by commercial buyers who buy products from a Guaranteed Fair Trade Enterprise. This Buyer wants to include their own brand on the packaging of these products to show the product was produced according to WFTO’s 10 Fair Trade principles. The label is available to businesses that are unable or unwilling to be verified under the Guarantee System. Buyers must submit an application and upon a positive assessment and payment of the licencing fee, WFTO will provide a First Buyer Label. The fees and guidelines for the First Buyer Label are laid out in the WFTO First Buyer Label Guide.
Fair Trade Workshop Spotlight: Global Mamas, Ghana
Global Mamas is a Fair Trade organisation located in Ghana, West Africa and was founded in 2003 with the mission to transform the lives of women entrepreneurs. Each Global Mamas product is handmade by Ghanaian women who are experts in the art of handcrafting batik and tie dye fabrics, beads, shea butter, shea and black soap, and sewing. Batik (pronounced ba-teek) is an ancient fabric art that has been practiced in Ghana for generations. Follow Global Mamas Mary Koomson through the batik process here.
Fair Trade Towns In Focus: Baskinta, Lebanon
Baskinta was among the first Fair Trade Towns in Lebanon and was officially awarded Fair Trade Village status by Fair Trade Lebanon in 2016. The International Fair Trade Towns conference was hosted by Fair Trade Lebanon and was held in Baskinta in July 2016. The theme of this conference was 'Building Bridges through Fair Trade' and highlighted the connections that Fair Trade Towns in Lebanon have built with diverse communities to unite efforts, build solidarity and support their communities. It was the first Fair Trade Towns conference held in the Global South and aimed at bringing together Fair Trade Towns initiatives from across the Middle East and Africa. Georges Alam, the Mayor of Baskinta, endorsed the #BuildBackFairer statement and joined World Fair Trade Day 2021 celebrations.
Fair Prices and Living Incomes in Global Value Chains through Public Policies in Europe
On 23 September, the FTAO organised a panel event on how the EU and EU member state public policies can help support fair prices enabling living incomes in global value chains. Solomon Boateng,from Kuapa Kokoo, explained how Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire are addressing the income gap faced by cocoa producers through the Living Income Differential. Expert Ruud Bronkhorst laid out how fair prices are essential to respect human rights and to tackle climate change. Sergi Corbalán, from FTAO, stated that much can be done to address the power imbalances that are an obstacle to living incomes. Matthias Altmann, from the European Commission, mentioned that the EU’s Sustainable Corporate Governance Initiative will mandate Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence obligations for European companies. Lisa Kirfel-Rühle, from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, said that Germany has introduced a Due Diligence Act and will support an ambitious EU proposal on this. Alex Assanvo, on behalf of the joint Ghana-Côte d’Ivoire cocoa initiative, highlighted that sustainability problems are linked to poverty and called to tackle the root cause, through EU support and cooperation with producer countries to ensure living incomes. Read more through this link.
A digital festival for social enterprises
Social Enterprise Futures 2021 is a digital festival for social enterprises that will run over four weeks from November 8 - December 8 2021. With 12 sessions and speakers from the world of business, politics and across the social enterprise sector, offering practical advice to support your business and peer-to-peer learning and networking, social entrepreneurs could benefit from new business opportunities and learnings. Each week will have a different theme with topics, for the full agenda click here. Tickets are now available. You can book your place for #SocEntFutures through this link.