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What is Fair Trade?

What is Fair Trade?

So, what does Fair Trade actually mean? We all want to buy things that don’t harm our world. We want to buy things that we know are made by people who are treated well and paid fairly for their work.

That is what Fair Trade is about. Fair Trade is a movement that supports:

  • fair access to markets
  • fair wages for work
  • good environmental standards

What does that mean? It means that suppliers are paid fairly for their work, and that their skill and the quality of their work is appreciated. It means that workers have healthy working conditions, with no child exploitation or forced labour. It means that the goods are made in a way that is sustainable and not harmful to our environment.

10 Principles of Fair Trade

The 10 Principles of Fair Trade provide guidelines for businesses who want to support the Fair Trade movement:

  1. Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers
  2. Transparency and Accountability
  3. Fair Trading Practices
  4. Fair Payment
  5. Ensuring no Child Labour and Forced Labour
  6. Commitment to Nondiscrimination, Gender Equity and Women’s Economic Empowerment, and Freedom of Association
  7. Ensuring Good Working Conditions
  8. Providing Capacity Building
  9. Promoting Fair Trade
  10. Respect for the Environment.

You can find out more about the 10 Principle of Fair Trade from the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) website.

What is the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO)?

The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) is a global network of organisations representing the Fair Trade supply chain. Membership in WFTO provides Fair Trade organisations with credibility and identity by way of an international guarantee system, a place of learning where members connect with like-minded people from around the world, tools and training to increase market access, and a common voice that speaks out for Fair Trade and trade justice – and is heard.

Isn’t Fair Trade about Coffee and Tea?

Fair Trade is not just about coffee and tea! Although that is how many people have heard about Fair Trade, the Fair Trade movement covers much more than coffee and tea. The Fairtrade (one word) logo that you often see on coffee and tea is a subset of the Fair Trade movement, specific to commodities.

The broader Fair Trade (two words) movement also covers many things that don’t come under the Fairtrade labelling program, such as handcrafts created by artisans.

Nim’s Goods is a supporter of Fair Trade

Nim’s Goods brings together Fair Trade goods for you from Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Thailand, Cambodia and Swaziland – just to name a few. You can read about all of our wonderful suppliers here.

Nim’s Goods is a member of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand.