Fair trade is a global movement with a strong and active presence in the UK, represented by the Fair trade Foundation. Fair trade is a movement for change that works directly with businesses, consumers and campaigners to make trade deliver for farmers and workers. The international Fair trade system (which the Fair trade Foundation is a part of) represents the world’s largest and most recognised fair trade system. We are a global organisation working to secure a better deal for farmers and workers. …Our hundreds of Fair trade towns, faith groups, schools and universities and committed supporters are vital in helping us realise our vision of fair trade. The Foundation works to the definition of Fair Trade agreed by FINE, a working group of the four international Fair Trade networks (Fair trade Labelling Organisations International, International Fair Trade Association, Network of European World Shops and the European Fair Trade Association): Fair trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalised producers and workers – especially in the South. (Who We Are | Fair trade Foundation. Who We Are | Fair trade Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 May 2016.)
Fair Trade USA: This is the most popular label that I come across when shopping just about anywhere, and I love coffee. Their ‘Fair Trade’ mission is as stated:
“We seek to empower family farmers and workers around the world, while enriching the lives of those struggling in poverty. Rather than creating dependency on aid, we use a market-based approach that empowers farmers to get a fair price for their harvest, helps workers create safe working conditions, provides a decent living wage and guarantees the right to organize. Through direct, equitable trade, farming and working families are able to eat better, keep their kids in school, improve health and housing, and invest in the future. Keeping families, local economies, the natural environment, and the larger community strong today and for generations to come; these are the results we seek through Fair Trade.” (Fair Trade USA. About. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 May 2016.)
F.S.C. – Forest Stewardship Council: I have come across this label quite often, as I am a bit of a handy person, but I still had no idea what it was about. The FSC’s mission is as stated:
“The Forest Stewardship Council mission is to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests.
Our vision is that we can meet our current needs for forest products without compromising the health of the world’s forests for future generations.” (Mission and Vision. FSC United States. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 May 2016.)
Equal Exchange: This is a newly discovered label to me, I have not come across it anywhere else, other than Google. Here are their standards:
These are only a few of the many labels on the market, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about what these organizations do concerning “Fair Trade”. If anyone would like to contribute and further information, we are always happy to post and share! All are welcome.