Our Fair Traders of Australia (FToA) programme endorses member’s business practice against WFTO Fair Trade Principles.
Consumers and business to business customers get independent assurance through our third party review that Fair Trade claims really do ‘Walk the Talk’.
We assess evidence from deskwork, self assessment, member and producer peer review and guide development, taking members on a journey towards better practice.
In line with WFTO requirements, a minimum of 61% revenue must be from assessed supply chains or those of WFTO members. Licensed Fairtrade certified products and those sold under FTF and BAFTS systems are also accepted.
Each endorsee is re-assessed every 2 years to assess progress and encourage improvement.
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by Samantha Jane Bartlett
The holiday season is marked by a spirit of generosity, with Australians having spent an estimated $18 billion in the week leading up to Christmas last year. Through ethical purchasing, this spirit can extend past simply giving to family members and friends to include a deep consideration of the sources of the products we give to one another. This ‘season of giving’ is an ideal opportunity to show our commitment to supporting Fair Trade. Purchasing Fair Trade products is one of the simplest, yet most effective, ways to ensure producers in developing nations are also benefitting from the goods produced for the holiday season and beyond.
Besides ensuring that producers are awarded fair wages and work under decent conditions, Fair Trade supports freedom of association and the promotion of gender equality.
By Sarah Coe*
Essential to the creation of a just and fair international trading system is Fair Trade Principle Five: Ensuring no Child or Forced Labour. This Principle guarantees that adults and children in disadvantaged areas of the world are not forced into work that pays too little or not at all. Forced labour can take many forms including trafficking, debt bondage, and the retention of identification papers or threats of exposure to immigration authorities. Fair Trade producers and businesses must ensure that there is no forced labour at any stage of the production process.
Central to Principle Five is that children are not exploited or forced to work. In order to ensure this, Fair Trade producers and businesses are required to comply with national / local laws and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Written by Martin Calisto Friant
The ten Principles of Fair Trade promote the sustainable development of local communities and empower third world producers to be free from poverty. One important component of these standards is Principle Four - the payment of fair prices for producers’ goods and services. To guarantee fairness, prices must be mutually agreed through dialogue and participation. Additionally, businesses must help build the capacity of producers so that they may calculate and negotiate fair prices. Fair Trade, through the process of Fairtrade certification, also offers a pricing structure for some key commodities such as cocoa and coffee, which sets a guaranteed minimum price for producers, regardless of international market price fluctuations.
by Marco Dal Lago*
When I mention my involvement in Fair Trade I often experience the same response: “Oh, you mean those products made without child labour!” “Yes” I will reply, “that’s one aspect of Fair Trade, however it’s not just that, it’s about so much more”.
What generally follows is an enthusiastic mini-lesson about the Fair Trade world and the ten Fair Trade Principles on which it is founded. These principles range from payment of fair prices, to creating opportunities for disadvantaged producers and operating with respect for the environment.
There are many exciting aspects of Fair Trade to learn about, but for the purpose of this blog let’s focus on Fair Trade Principle Three: Fair Trade Practices, and discover: What does it take to Practice Trade Fairly?
Most mornings I welcome the day with a good cuppa coffee to get myself into the day. This is conveniently backed up by the reality that one of the best cafés in my area (and not so conveniently for my bank balance) is just a couple of minutes down the road.
One of the things I particularly enjoy about this café is that I can know more about what I’m consuming, and in turn where it’s coming from and who is behind the product. I’ve gotten to know the people who take my order, the people who make my flat white cuppa, and those who own the café itself. However the story of my cuppa goes deeper than that. I know that the Zany Zeus Zorganic milk comes from the Waikato in Aotearoa NZ, in which it’s processed, packaged and distributed by a business in my suburb. I also know that my fair trade coffee has a been sourced by Trade Aid Importers, an active World Fair Trade Organisation Member sourcing beans from various countries of Africa, and the Americas. And if I’m feeling like I want a bit of sweetness to kick-start the day, I will be spooning in some Fair Trade Organic Sugar from Manduvira, a Cooperative in Paraguay.
This morning I awoke to the sound of my alarm, stumbled out of bed, donned my day’s clothes and supported coffee farmers in Ethiopia to provide a better life for themselves, their family and their community. How did I achieve such a wonderful feat in such a short time span? The answer is simple, yet profound – I brewed myself a cup of Fair Trade coffee.
Fair Trade addresses the inequities present in our current global trade system, and supports positive social change in the world.
The underpinning guidelines of Fair Trade are the Ten Fair Trade Principles, developed by the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO). In this blog, I will be exploring the first of these principles; Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers.
A big welcome to the Fair Trade Association's blog page, The Fair Trade Movement. We have set up this space to connect with those interested in Fair Trade and to share ideas and information as we work to grow the movement in New Zealand and Australia.
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 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 thank previous staff, leading Fair Trade retailers and advocates from throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific for their contributions.
The first of the Ten Principles, Creating possibilities for disadvantaged producers, is explored by 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.