As a start, we thought it would be a great idea to explore what exactly it means for an organisation to be Fair Trade. While there is a great deal of passion and energy around Fair Trade, often there is confusion about what exactly Fair Trade is and how it works. As a way of answering these questions over the next few months we will be exploring the World Fair Trade Organisation's (WFTO)Ten Fair Trade Principles.
The WFTO's Ten Principles detail the conditions which Fair Trade organisation's must follow in their day-to-day practices. In exploring each of these principles we will be highlighting the work and stories of our members, and in particular those whom form part of our Fair Traders of Australia project. We will also be inviting contributions from leading Fair Trade retailers and advocates from throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.
The first of the Ten Principles, Creating possibilities for disadvantaged producers, will be explored by the Fair Trade Association's Australian Networks and Services Officer Kitty Weier.
We look forward to hearing your comments and ideas as this series progresses and please let us know if you would be interested in contributing.
By Chris Hartley, Executive Director Fair Trade Association