What makes Fair Trade Enterprises different from the mainstream business? In this latest episode, Erinch Sahan takes us to the journey of Village Industries on how authenticity, the increasing awareness on environmental issues and prioritising their workers have given them a unique place in the fast changing market.
Social Enterprise + Fair Trade (WFTO)
Social entrepreneurs Susi and Henry together with team member Dilani of Rice and Carry in Colombo, Sri Lanka share their upcycling and recycling stories. They also tell their inspiring story on their journey as a social enterprise operating in the rural community of Sri Lanka.
Published: 6th June 2019
Andrea is a sustainable fashion entrepreneur, fashion lecturer, advocate and chair of the New York City Fair Trade Coalition. Her journey started in New York's fashion industry, took her to Uganda and through to social enterprise and Fair Trade. She tells her story and reflects on the future of sustainable fashion.
Published: 29th May 2019
Part two of this podcast focuses on Ten Thousand Villages. Erinch and Llenay discuss how the organization, established in the 1940s, has grown to show resilience and adapt to the changing market.
Published: 23rd May 2019
Llenay is the acting CEO of Ten Thousand Villages, an importer and retail network in the US. She shares the long and proud history of Ten Thousand Villages, and her story of helping grow the maker-to-market movement in the US and North America. She gives insights on bringing ethical products to the US market and telling the story of the makers to the consumers.
Published: 16th May 2019
Ffion Storer Jones of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office sat down with Linda McAvan MEP ahead of World Fair Trade Day to talk about her work supporting Fair Trade over her 20 years as an MEP and how she encourages us all to take action in support of Fair Trade.
Published: 3rd May 2019
Safia Minney is the founder of People Tree, author, activist and serial social entrepreneur. She explores the vision required for an economy that avoids ecological collapse. This is about populating our economies with business models that put people and planet first, such as social enterprises that practice Fair Trade. This week, Safia has joined business leaders to call for an urgent redesign of global industry and why she is voicing support for Extinction Rebellion (more here: www.safia-minney.com). You won't want to miss Safia's insights on how we tackle the big issues of our age.
Published: 25th April 2019
She's a designer, campaigner, entrepreneur and founder of Fashion Revolution. Orsola de Castro talks about what's broken in fashion, and how we need to fix it. Is sustainability just a passing trend? How do we tackle accelerated disposal and mass extinction of artisanal crafts? How can we diversify from the mono-culture of corporate fashion and regain dignity in fashion jobs? Orsola takes on the big questions with clarity. Happy Fashion Revolution Week!
Published: 18th April 2019
Social enterprise in India - the story of an Indian social entrepreneur building enthusiasm with local consumers. Erinch speaks with Matthew John, founder of Last Forest, a social enterprise bringing together organic, Fair Trade and producer ownership into a single business model.
Published: 4th April 2019
This is the story of Asha Handicrafts (India) and Oasis Transformations (Bangladesh). Two social entrepreneurs from these Fair Trade Enterprises talk about their journey in the global market. They explore what makes a business mission-led and how to pursue social and commercial goals in unison. It’s a period of transition for many social enterprises in Asia and Helena and Rajesh discuss how they’re dealing with change.
Published: 4th April 2019
This episode presents AvocadoStore, the online ethical marketplace making waves in Europe. It set out to be the green and ethical alternative to Amazon and now has over quarter of a million shoppers and growing. Its managing director Mimi Sewalski is one of the founders of the online market. AvocadoStore connects eco and ethical consumers with brands. Mimi shares with Erinch her top tips to engage the growing ethical consumer base, marketing online and making products visible on online platforms. Mimi will also be joining the global Fair Trade community at the Lima Summit 17-18 September to celebrate the 30th birthday of the WFTO.
Published: 19th March 2019