When you hear Fair Trade, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
Do you know what Fair Trade is and what it means?
If you know what it is, good for you that means you are part of the 58% of Americans that know.
So you have never heard of Fair Trade? Stick around and let me try my best to give you an education on it.
What is Fair Trade?
Basically, in a nutshell, Fair Trade is a partnership between Producers and consumers. So when you are walking through the store and you see a Fair Trade Mark on the package you can be assured the producer is in agreement with the buyers of their products.
Benefits of FT
There are 4 good things for fair trade partnerships.
- Stable Prices – most Fair Trade products have a set minimum price for covering a sustainable living and to cover production cost. There is a different price set for cocoa, coffee, tea, bananas, and many more products. Click here to see the list.
- Premium Fair Trade – is paid on top of the set trade agreement price and the producers have a choice of how to use it. Usually, it is used for building schools, medical clinics, farm equipment or to build facilities to help the production of products.
- Partnership – producers certified with FT are the owners of the International Fair Trade. They are on the board and committees so they are able to regulate influences on prices, premiums, standards and overall strategy decisions that affect their future.
- Farmers and Workers empowerment – set goals like this Fair Trade small farmer groups must have a democracy and a transparent admin in place to become certified. Workers must have the right to representation on committees to decide the use of the Premium Fair Trade. Both farmer and workers are supported by Fair Trade International to develop their capacity in this area
Watch the video below for a visual explanation.
From the video above you can see it is not only coffee that needs support from Fair Trade practices.
Fair Trade Organizations around the world.
There are 19 Fair Trade organizations in over 20 countries around the world, helping business owners, farmers, and workers to learn ways to have a better life for themselves and for their communities. So where ever you are in the world you can find a Fair Trade organization near you.
If you want to help support a local organization, join or become certified with your business you can search the organization nearest you and contact for more details.
Fair Trade means a lot to myself as I think everyone deserves a fair business opportunity and millions of people around the world that do own businesses, farms or work for them. They are human beings like you and me are, Help to make a difference, by buying Fair Trade products.
Creating this post to raise awareness for a cause I feel very strongly about. If I could do it myself I would, but I can’t so I write here for readers like you to open their eyes a little bit to the world around us. Things we buy mostly come from places we will probably never see, some places we have never heard of. Those are the places that need the most help to receive a fair price for their hard work.
We demand to be paid a very good wage for the work we do, what is different about these people wanting the same for themselves so they can support their families and communities.
Fair Trade is very important to many people I hope you realize this. Take a look at Fair Trade product that can be purchased to support the cause.
Please share this post with friends and family. I am not asking you to buy anything, I will ask you to share with as many people as you can to raise awareness. Spread the word.