Fair Trade for a Better World
What is Fair Trade?
How do consumers know that the products they're buying were produced under "fair" conditions? Since its inception in Europe almost twenty years ago, the fiar-trade system has used a label to certify faireness. In order to receive this third-party certification and bear the fairtrade label, products have to meet a series of criteria. Different fair-trade organizations frame the standards somewhat differently; the following list shows the most commonly used criteria.
- Guranteed minimum (floor) prices to producers; fair wages to laborers; social development premium
- Advance redit or payment to producers
- Democratically run producer cooperatives or work places
- Long-term contracts and trading relationships
- Environmentally sustainable production practices
- Public accountability and financial transparency
- Financial and technical assistance to producers
- Safe, non-exploitative working conditions
Fair Trade is more than a label, it is a cultural ethic, a seed that has been planted in international commodity trading. The videos below include information on traditional Fair Trade as well as a few domestic videos; how can the mechanism of Fair Trade be a reality in the United States and throughout the world? Consumer and worker empowerment and conscious consumerism is critical; hemp provides a potential boon for the United States' domestic economy and an opportunity to establish fair labor practices. Fair Trade is a viable and perhaps the viable option for drastically improving the current state of the global biosphere, labor practices, economies and people's lives.
What isn't Fair Trade?