7 March 20017, Culemborg, The Netherlands - The fight for gender equality at workplaces is far from over. The recent reports by UN Women show that women in economic activities continue to suffer various forms of discrimination and unequal treatment. They also highlight that their labour force participation has stagnated. This reality has mobilised the Fair Trade movement to a renewed call to action to fight, harder this time, for the rights of women, especially those engaged in economic activities.
Recently, we have seen misuse of the term ‘Fair Trade” in current political discourse in North America. The Fair Trade movement, led by our allies in North America, has prepared a joint statement to clarify and set the issue straight about what is true Fair Trade all about. We invite you to read the statement below:
True fair trade is about mutually beneficial relationships rooted in trust and respect spanning geographic and cultural boundaries.
From January 2017, 80% of Páramo production carries the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) First-Buyer Label.
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We are happy to announce that for the third time Fair Trade products will be showcased at one of the planet’s biggest trade shows – the Ambiente 2017. Following the success of previous participations, WFTO and its members will display wide ranges of beautiful, high-quality products at Messe Frankfurt, Germany, home of major international trade shows, from 10 to 14 February 2017.
“Fair Trade and solidarity without justice ends up turning into charity. And charity does not produce transformation; it does not change the status quo.On the other hand justice without solidarity and Fair Trade without brotherhood become an abstract sense of justice; an empty justice because it is not allied with a social dimension.” I recently found these lines in the first leaflet printed by Ctm Altromercato about 30 years ago. I thought I'd share these phrases with you hoping it will inspire your work throughout the year.
Turqle Trading shares experience with using the WFTO Product Label
In April 2016, Turqle Trading became a Guaranteed Member and has since been using the WFTO Product Label. In the following, Pieter Swart of Turqle Trading tells us about the meaning of the Guaranteed status and the product label to his organisation. He tackled two popular questions: how have the reactions of the buyers and end consumers been and what are the necessary steps in promoting the recognition of the label? An inspirational and motivational read!
Women's Skills Development Organization (Nepal) is our 100th Guaranteed Member! This Nepal-based organisation joins the ranks of Fair Trade Organisations worldwide that are pioneering Fair Trade best practices in their daily business operation. The guaranteed member status means that the organisation has complied with global standard for Fair Trade Organisations and passed the Fair Trade verification process of the WFTO Guarantee System.
NOBUNTO & WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization) have the pleasure to communicate that as of November 2016 they have reached an agreement that allows to resolve the dispute (see below) amicably, avoid proceedings before the Court, and ensure their time and limited resources are rather invested in obtaining their respective objectives.