19 September 2019, Lima, Peru – Today the members of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) from across the world met in Peru and elected Roopa Mehta as the president of WFTO. She will replace Rudi Dalvai, who has served as president for the maximum allowable two consecutive terms, since May 2011.
20 September 2019, Lima, Peru – Yesterday the members of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) from across the world met in Peru and voted to update its principles. While protecting the environment has always been one of the 10 principles of Fair Trade, the movement today voted to rename this principle ‘Climate Crisis and Protecting our Planet’.
By Erinch Sahan
The Fair Trade movement is gathering in Lima, Peru. From Monday (16 Sep), we will celebrate the 30th birthday of the WFTO, forge new partnerships and explore solutions to global challenges.
The ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan was signed in 1994, but the bullets still fly. So do the crochet hooks. Only a few hundred meters from the front line in one of Europe’s hottest frozen conflicts, a social entrepreneurship works diligently to provide women with an opportunity to not only bring income to their families, but stability to the region they live in.
With growing inequality, entrenched poverty and a pending ecological crisis, it is time to revisit the central design feature of business and explore the alternatives that exist the world over. Business was invented by humans. In order to employ humans, trade products and services, facilitate investments and foster production, we as societies designed business to meet human needs. We have a choice about what business looks like – its purpose, priorities, and structure. So, we do not need to accept that business must have a one-track mind, focused only on growing profits for shareholders.
It is rare to find an organisation tackling some of the biggest issues with such a clear vision. To restore the lives of women affected by HIV/ AIDS virus through producing uniquely designed jewellery from recycled materials. It is a powerful example of how #FairTradeInnovates!
Today Lucia* smiles. And so do the other women in her group. This young girl, who before joining was so introverted and silent, is now interacting with her peers and slowly blossoming.
An economy that works for people and planet needs a new kind of business model. This cannot be today’s dominant mode of blinkered profit maximisation, where the environment is exploited and society manipulated. Nor can it be a model that is fixated only on delivering financial returns to the few. The new economy will not be created by businesses that wear this self-destructive straight-jacket.
The Fair Trade Federation (FTF), a community of U.S. and Canadian businesses committed to fair trade, is joining the WFTO in celebrating innovative business and product solutions that support people and planet! Learn how bags, bracelets, t-shirts, and lip balm from FTF members are empowering women, creating economic opportunities, fighting climate change, and promoting an ethical lifestyle.
Innovations that empower women