FEATURING BEYOND BEAUTIFUL
Make things as simple as possible but no simpler! Stay true to your consumer values and appreciate how natural, primary materials can still revolutionise the lives of entire communities and the environment.
Meet the beauty of simplicity in Gone Rural exquisite baskets made of grass harvested and woven by expert rural women in the mountains of Eswatini.
Chako is changing the game of tourism waste by turning empty bottles collected at hotels and resorts of the Zanzibar island and turning them into fashionable, stunning upcycled drinking glasses and home décor.
FAIR TRADE UNIVERSITY IN FOCUS: THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBANY
The University at Albany is continuing to make progress in becoming a more Fair Trade-friendly university since its recognition as a Fair Trade University last year. Latest activities by the Fair Trade team includes:
Encouraged other SUNY schools to get their own team
held events to raise awareness on sustainable products like Fair Trade chocolate around Valentine's Day,
conducted a social media “takeover” of the UAlbany and Fair Trade Campaigns
Instagram accounts to share facts about sustainability,
and pushed for more Fair Trade certified products to be sold in the university bookstore.
Additionally, the UAlbany team spoke at the Global Sustainability in Higher Education in regards to Fair Trade and they recently established March 12th as the UAlbany Fair Trade day. Check out their story and their commitment for Fair Trade here.
FAIR TRADE TOWN IN FOCUS: ARROYOS Y ESTEROS (PARAGUAY)
Arroyos y Esteros in Paraguay is an inspiring example of a Fair Trade Town. Paraguay’s production of organic sugar, known around the world, has encouraged the city to fully embrace Fair Trade and promote local, organic and Fair Trade consumption to support smaller producers. Young students are actively participating in the activities carried out by the campaign committee in Arroyos y Esteros. During the monthly organic fair that is held in the city, the students of Arroyos y Esteros connect with both producers and consumers, the visible faces of Fair Trade and solidarity.
FAIR TRADE SHOP: WELTLADEN AM KORNMARKT
This month we would like to introduce Weltlanden am Kornmarkt. This Fair Trade shop is based in Schleswig, Germany and it’s run by a team of sixteen passionate volunteers that share the values of solidarity and Fair Trade. Check this short video to learn more about how they experienced the Covid-19 pandemic, and how that allowed them to reach new customers.
CELEBRATE WITH FTAO
To celebrate the 18th anniversary of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office, we are inviting you to travel through time and discover the origins and the main actors of the Fair Trade movement since the 1950s.
READ THE RECOMMENDATIONS ON CSDDD
As part of its strategy to implement the European Green Deal and the Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth, the European Commission presented its proposal for a Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD). In this paper, NGOs came together to address the parts of the proposal that relate to corporate governance and directors’ obligations. In particular, they pointed out that most of the time, human rights, climate change and environmental consequences are not adequately integrated into business models and strategies. In relation to climate change, they are stressing the importance of having an increased clarity for company obligations when it comes to climate mitigation.