The pandemic and its economic shocks have shaken the world, and our community of Fair Trade Enterprises are feeling the pain. Our challenge is enormous and unprecedented as trade and production halts and costs mount. In response, WFTO has mobilised all resources and refocused all work to support members during this crisis. We adapt and listen each day, but overall members told us four things:
The Fair Trade movement is shaken by the pandemic and its economic shocks. As production and trade is halted in many countries, Fair Trade Enterprises are scrambling to support their workers, farmers, artisans and communities. Together, they help support nearly 1m livelihoods across 76 countries. They need your solidarity and support.
In response, we launched the #StayHomeLiveFair campaign. There are three ways to join the campaign:
In light of recent development in Palestine, the WFTO Global Board issued this message to rally support for the Fair Trade movement and their communities in the country.
8 February 2020, Frankfurt Germany
New research on Fair Trade Enterprises provides fresh insights on business models that put people and planet first. Research conducted by the University of Cambridge, University of York and Stockholm Environment Institute demonstrates specific governance, management and profit reinvestment models that make Fair Trade Enterprises unique. These are all social enterprises that are verified as holistically practicing Fair Trade. Key insights about Fair Trade Enterprises include:
WFTO Press release
22 January 2020, Geneva Switzerland
A major new report from World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Traidcraft Exchange, University of York and Cambridge University challenges leaders gathering and Davos and beyond to foster business models that put people and planet first. The report unveils key features of such mission-led business models and provides a direct contrast with profit-primacy businesses.
When Fair Trade began as a movement all those decades ago, our dream was about making global trade truly just. This meant an unwavering focus on the people with least power in global supply chains: those making the products that we all enjoy. Decades on, our dream remains just as clear, and we march arm-in-arm with the global human rights movement to make this a reality for all workers, farmers and artisans.
By Roopa Mehta, President of WFTO (for Human Rights Day 10 December 2019)
The Fair Trade Movement urges that the demands of producer organisations be heard in the negotiations on the global climate crisis on the occasion of COP25.