Live Fair – World Fair Trade Day – 12 May 2018

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“Live fair, one product at a time”. This is the message currently being delivered around the globe in response to the increasing demand for global ethical goods. The idea behind this message is to inspire a change in the way the consumers make purchases choices and to encourage them to appreciate Fair traded products and increase the visibility of Fair Trade.

So, what is Fair Trade?

Well simple put it is an philosophy in which business approach trading so that they develop a basis which supports dialogue, transparency, and respect that seeks to create greater equity in the international trading system.

Fair trade supports our artisans in developing countries who are socially and economically marginalized. They often face difficulties in finding a way to market their products which is their only way to support themselves and their families.

Fair trade goal is to empower individuals and small business by trading directly with them, developing partnerships with Artisans and ensuring that they are provided with a living wage, better working conditions and protecting the environment.

Fair Trade is underpinned by 10 main principles.

10 Fair Trade Principles laid out in a block

World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO)

The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) is a global network of organisations representing the Fair Trade supply chain. Membership in WFTO provides organisations with credibility and identity by way of an international guarantee system, a place of learning where members connect with like-minded people from around the world, tools and training to increase market access, and a common voice that speaks out for Fair Trading and trade justice – and is heard.

Visit their site at https://wfto.com/

Qwerkemporium supports Fair Trade. A profile of our main suppliers can be found here. We believe that every purchase we make should be responsibly produced and stainable as we care for both people and the planet. Fair trade also means individual craftmanship, as the artisans produce goods using traditional handcrafted methods over mass modern production. Fair trade is not a charity it is an ethical trading system and the producers are working their way out of poverty and creating a long-lasting livelihood for themselves and their workers.

“Live fair, every Fair-Trade purchase supports responsible production”