Friday, 14 June 2019 | Joanna
The Ten Principles of Fair Trade as set out by the World Fair Trade Organisation govern how we operate as a fair trade business.
But what are these principles and what do they mean in practice?
The first principle is all about creating opportunities for disadvantaged people. But what is a disadvantaged person?
This is the official WFTO definition:
“The economically marginalised are people or communities who are restricted to the lower or peripheral edge of the economy, who are prevented from participation in mainstream economic activity by factors beyond their control.” Factors in any country or society which might cause a person to be ‘economically marginalised’ vary greatly from place to place but, for the purposes of a WFTO definition, it would include minimally one of the following:
• Living in a region or country with lack of job opportunities - a place with persistent high unemployment;
• Having a lack of, or lack of access to education or professional training;
• People with disabilities (either mental or physical) that hinder conventional employment;
• Suffering from discrimination (eg caste, race, religious or gender based) which prevents one from taking advantage of existing dignified employment
• Being unable to engage the market as an equal trading partner due to unfair trade rules, dominant monopolies or political restrictions.
• Organisations working for economic integration of marginal/disadvantaged people and creating opportunities for them;
• Craft producers, which are not able to secure a dignified life to their family;
• (Recovering) Victims of violence;
• People escaping from organised crime and illegal economic practices;
• Social and solidarity enterprises.
So you can see that fair trade is all about finding the people who really need our help and working with them to make their lives better through trade. Some of the world's poorest people are being helped out of poverty by fair trade. From the people with disabilities who make our handbags in Vietnam to the women making our jewellery on the bus taking their sick children to hospital, and the people who make our toys trying to rebuild their lives after civil war in Sri Lanka, we support disadvantaged producers wherever we can. Thank you for your support and custom to help us make these lives better.
Over the summer we'll be looking at the rest of the ten principles in turn and seeing how the goods we buy make a difference to people's lives.
Friday, 26 April 2019 | Joanna
Fashion Revolution Week gives shoppers the opportunity to tackle the fashion brands and ask how they can make fashion fairer. Watch our video with top designer Katharine Hamnett and find out how you can take action.
Thursday, 25 April 2019 | Joanna
Fashion Revolution are partnering with Traidcraft Exchange to ask YOU to add your signature to their petition on Modern Slavery.
Wednesday, 24 April 2019 | Joanna
Fashion Revolution Week helps us tackle fast fashion and understand how fair trade fashion supports workers.
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 | Joanna
Most clothing on sale in UK shops is made in factories in the global south (for example Bangladesh) where workers' rights and conditions are not as stringent as they are in Europe.
Find out how choosing fair trade instead can help.
Monday, 22 April 2019 | Joanna
It's Fashion Revolution Week. Find out how you can make a difference with the clothes you wear and buy.
Friday, 8 March 2019 | Joanna
Dan (despite her name, as you can see she is definitely a woman!) is one of the workers at the Vietnamese fair trade project where our fair trade bags are made.
Friday, 8 March 2019 | Joanna
Our pop-up shop in York's 13th century Spurriergate Centre was a great opportunity to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight in style
Thursday, 7 March 2019 | Joanna
Wasanthi is one of the Sri Lankan women who make the wooden toys we sell - designed by Lanka Kade.
Wednesday, 6 March 2019 | Joanna
Bassema Barahmeh is a Palestinian olive farmer producing Fairtrade olive oil for Zaytoun.