Putting the interest of people and the planet at the heart of climate ambitions
There is no climate justice without Fair Trade. The Fair Trade movement states in a position paper released ahead of the 2021 COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow this November. Signed by major Fair Trade organisations, the paper calls COP26 negotiators to place the interests of artisans, farmers and workers at the heart of climate ambitions. It says climate aims must go hand in hand with climate and trade justice goals. Get a copy of the position paper here.
Guaranteed Fair Trade collection launched on Faire.com
We are thrilled to announce that more and more Fair Trade products are now readily available to retailers through the addition of Guaranteed Fair Trade collection on faire.com. This marketplace is a leading global wholesale platform connecting more than 200.000 local retailers with thousands of emerging and established brands. With this new collection, retailers can support Fair Trade Enterprises that are pioneering business models aimed at doing social good. For instance, Netherlands-based brand SeeMe produces heart shaped jewellery that is handmade by women survivors of violence. BaSE, a non-profit operating in Bangladesh, promotes the handicraft products of female manufacturing groups from over 10,000 producers. Finally, WomenCraft offers handcrafted decor and accessories, skillfully designed based on generations-old Tanzanian weaving techniques. Shop the Guaranteed Fair Trade collection on Faire today.
Improving Fair Payment criteria of the Fair Trade Standard
The Fair Trade Standard of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) looks at every aspect of a business and confirms whether it is truly a Fair Trade Enterprise. Adapting to current social and economic context, the WFTO Standard for businesses is constantly evolving to fit the needs of Fair Trade Enterprises (and their business partners). One of the recent developments is the revision of theFair Payment Principle and criteria to ensure it is applied at every level of the supply chain. Together with Bread for the World, we are working on a project with which we have created tools for our members and the people they work with to get a better understanding of Fair Payment and include it in their practices. Find out more about how WFTO ensures Fair Payment here.
Featured Guaranteed Fair Trade Enterprise: Calypso Chile
In this issue, we travel to Chile to get to know one of our community’s most active Fair Trade Enterprises in Latin America – Calypso Chile. This Fair Trade Enterprise transforms discarded bottle glasses into fashion accessories and home décor. Its founder and CEO Marcela Cofre is actively involved with other Chilean social enterprises to promote Fair Trade in local and domestic markets. They organise commercial and awareness raising campaigns to reach out both policy makers and the consuming public in the country.
Social Enterprises Futures 2021 - 8 November to 8 December
A digital festival for those who believe that changing how we do business is vital to building an equitable and sustainable world. Register here.
Digital book launch – 29 September 2021
Fernwood Publishing in partnership with the Canadian Fair Trade Network and the Fair Trade Advocacy Office, presents the book launch of The Fair Trade Handbook: Building a Better World, Together. Join editors, Gavin Fridell, Zack Gross and Sean McHugh in conversation with Haroon Akram-Lodhi, Roxana Olivera and Monika Firl. Register here.