By John Steele, CEO of Café Direct
If we are to end poverty, the Fair Trade movement is rolling up its sleeve in three ways. Here’s how:
- Taking Fair Trade beyond the farm-gate
Millions of farmers who grow our food are hungry and exploited. Despite a multitude of initiatives and certifications, partnerships and back-slapping, by-and-large, global commodity markets work to keep farmers poor.
Fair Trade Wales is hosting the 13th International Fair Trade Towns Conference (IFTTC) on 18 - 20 October 2019 in Cardiff with the theme ‘The Future of Fair Trade’.
Wales became the first Fair Trade Nation in 2008, and Cardiff has recently celebrated its 15th year as a Fair Trade city, paving the way for the other UK nations to seek Fair Trade status and support the movement.
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.