Our new member is pioneering business innovations that speak of their name – Conserve India. They are a fashion brand that works with waste pickers and refugees in India, and they turn landfill waste (which otherwise will not be recycled) into materials for fashion products. In this podcast with Erinch Sahan, social entrepreneur Kanika shares their people and planet innovations to inspire entrepreneurs to pursue bolder ambitions to address current challenges.
Social Enterprise + Fair Trade (WFTO)
Manos del Uruguay is a weaving enterprise and brand that is co-owned and run by 200 hundred women artisans. They make high-quality products that are being sold in Champs-Élysées and 5th Avenue New York. As a social enterprise that fully practices Fair Trade, they are committed to ensuring that their success means the success of all of its artisans. This is their journey from social enterprise to high-end fashion.
Published: 3rd October 2019
Human rights thinker and former UN special Rapporteur Olivier De Schutter discusses with WFTO Chief Executive Erinch Sahan what an ambitious agenda for business and human rights would look like, how to transform business models and how trade can be made fair. This podcast is a special edition for the first anniversary of the Fair Trade Charter www.fair-trade.website.
Published: 23rd September 2019
This week’s episode is about improving social equity, sustainability and product quality in the framework of a Fair Trade Enterprise model. Our guest Elvira Zingg, quality manager of Gebana, shares insights based from their enterprise’s experience.
Published: 12th September 2019
Ellilta Products is a story of a social mission transformed into a business that positively impacts the lives of many women and children. They use the profit of their thriving enterprise to broaden the reach of their social mission: to help women and girls rescued from prostitution. They make high-quality fashion accessories from upcycled materials sold in the United States.
Published: 29th August 2019
Maroma is a Fair Trade Enterprise from India that is built to benefit its workers and their community. It is part of the wave of all-natural products that is seeing increased consumer demand - specialising in body care products and fragrances. As a social enterprise, they have leveraged their commitment to people and planet to create high quality products.
Published: 22nd August 2019
Common Objective (CO) co-founder Clare Lissaman shares her views on the future of ethical fashion and how the fashion industry is increasingly becoming more transparent and sustainable. At the end, of the discussion Clare gives her take on the unique opportunities for social enterprises. CO is an online matchmaker for the ethical fashion chain.
Published: 25th July 2019
In our new podcast, Jonathan and Helen discuss their new initiative to allow consumers to directly tip the maker of the product. This podcast explains how tip me works, and how it benefits businesses in the promotion of ethically-made products.
Published: 11th July 2019
On International Cooperatives Day we hear from Ed Mayo, the secretary general of Cooperatives UK. Ed is helping drive new ideas on creating a Fair Trade economy. He talks about where and how cooperatives thrive, and why they are a bold idea in a world of ecological and social challenges. He gives the story of coops in Japan, Finland, Spain and more, and highlights the emerging area of platform coops.
Published: 4th July 2019
This week, Erinch speaks with Laura Cave from BAFTS- a leading network of independent Fair Trade shops in the UK. Laura tells her story of founding a social enterprise to collaborate with and benefit artisans in Peru.
Published: 27th June 2019