Not everyone will buy into an idea or philosophy all the time and as individuals we may have questions about the point of certain practices.
Fairtrade is no different. There has been many commentaries and papers on strengths and weaknesses of the philosophy in practice. That said it does change lives.
What is clearer however are the principles on which Fairtrade is based. (See below)
If you share some or all of these please consider what you might wish to do in 2018 to further the growth of Fairtrade business and practices to aid workers becoming entrepreneurs.
1. Create Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers
2. Transparency and Accountability
3. Fair Trading Practices
4. Payment of a Fair Price
5. Ensuring no Child Labour and Forced Labour
6. Commitment to Non-Discrimination, Gender Equality, Freedom of Association
7. Ensuring Good Working Conditions
8. Providing Capacity Building (developing practical, management and business skills)
9. Promoting Fair Trade
10. Respect for the Environment
Generally, try to:
FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT is between 26th Feb and 11th March 2018
-why not make a concentrated effort to promote and try out Fairtrade products in this period.7
If you are buying Chocolate eggs, whatever the size, why not consider those made of Fairtrade chocolate. Certain lines of Egg even include the Easter story to add meaning to the experience of eating Britain's favourite sweet. Sugar and Milk free options are available.
-When shopping look for items with the Fairtrade symbol.
-If using On line services consider browsing and using ethically focussed stores.
-Traidcraft Catalogues are available via Rod Thorpe and at a number of Churches.
-remember you can get a wide range of Fairtrade and ethical products including flowers, gold, furniture, household products in addition to foods.
For more news and information do remember to:
check the Circuit Website,
contact Rod Thorpe firstname.lastname@example.org
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