People Tree UK are very excited to support today’s launch of the New International Fair Trade Charter, which has been compiled by the World Fair Trade Organisation and Fairtrade International.

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What does this mean?

  • The New International Fair Trade Charter defines a common vision towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which has it’s 3rd anniversary on the same day.

  • More than 4,000 grassroots organisations representing 2.5 million workers in 70 countries are currently represented under WFTO and Fairtrade International. The new Charter acts to encourage inter-organisational collaboration, connect grassroots movements with global bodies, and link consumers with producers.

  • The new Fair Trade Charter gives a common voice to the global Fair Trade movement.

  • It replaces the 2009 Charter of Fair Trade Principles. Fair Trade’s basic philosophy and core principles are the same, but it take into account the significant changes in the world and future-proofs Fair Trade and reaffirms the movement’s relevance.

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    Main Aims

    1. Support the work of FT Organisations in raising awareness among consumers and others of importance and impact of FT.

    2. To facilitate collaboration between FT orgs to work together.

    3. To enable other orgs such as NGOs, government, academia or private sector to recognise values and approaches used by the international FT movement.

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    Reason for the charter

  • Business and world leaders increasingly use the term “fair trade” but often pursue policies that undermine the values behind Fair Trade. Examples include US President Donald Trump, who has used the term to refer to new trade barriers that would favour developed economies. In the new Charter, we lay out what Fair Trade really means if it is fair for producers, workers and artisans.

  • The Fair Trade movement has come together with an International Fair Trade Charter (enclosed). The new Charter refreshes the vision of Fair Trade, proposing solutions and a viable alternative to a global economy that is driving inequality, poverty and ecological crisis.

  • The Charter will be launched publicly on 25 September, on the third anniversary of the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030.

  • The Global Fair Trade movement and its allies will make a public stand on 25 September, uniting behind the true vision behind Fair Trade. We would like to have a wide range of allied organisations (NGOs, ethical business networks, social lending organisations, universities, enterprises) supporting this political statement on 25 September.

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    Fair Trade Vision

    The Fair Trade movement shares a vision of a world in which justice, equity and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices, so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their human potential.

    Fair Trade definition

    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.

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