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What is Fair Trade?


From Wikipedia:

The currently accepted definition of Fair Trade has been agreed by FINE, an informal association of four international fair trade networks (Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International, World Fair Trade Organization, Network of European Worldshops and 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, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South. Fair Trade Organizations, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade. Fair Trade products are produced and traded in accordance with these principles — wherever possible verified by credible, independent assurance systems.

In my own words, fair trade is not only paying a higher price to the artisan or farmer for a product (although it is that), but it's a way to become involved in changing someone's world a little at a time. Along with a cup of coffee, you might be buying a new well and access to clean drinking water, with that necklace also comes a child's education, and with that Christmas card you're giving hope to the person who made it along with joy to the recipient. It's a win-win situation!

Especially with handicraft products, you are giving someone in the developing world a chance to earn their own income and not just depend on handouts or charity. They now have a chance to create their own future and permanently work to raise their own standard of living.


jadefrank's picture

Fair Trade

Hi Rachelle,

Thank you for clarifying the definition of fair trade and for adding your insight. Can you tell us more about Danyun and the work that you and your organization are doing for fair trade in Yunnan? It's wonderful to have you as an active participant on PulseWire. I noticed that you started a PulseWire group: Fair Trade: It's only fair. I suggest you use the "invite" tab on the group page to invite others to join your group. Also consider elaborating on the intro page and kicking it off with the first group journal entry. This entry could be a good place to talk about your work with Danyun!

These are a few members who are also working/have interest in the realm of fair trade:

Julie White


Kristi Jo Lewis

Beth Sethi


Tamara Herzberg Tesch



Rachelle_W's picture


Hi Jade--Thanks for those names. I finally sent the invitations today. Things have been a little busy around here.....

Hope all is going well for you!! :)


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