October 17th 2013 is The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Recognised by the UN, this day has been observed since 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries. Fair Trade is an important factor in helping to eradicate poverty.
What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade doesn’t just mean paying a fair price. It is an entirely different way of doing business. Fair Trade puts people and the environment central to doing business.
The objective of Fair Trade is not profit at any cost, but to help people in the world’s most marginalised communities escape poverty, strengthen their communities and promote environmental sustainability.
Fair Trade is a long term partnership between producers and traders based on mutual respect and transparency. Fair Trade enables people to put food on their tables and to send their children to school. Fair Trade has the potential to alleviate poverty at the household level. By changing the unfair structures of world trade, it creates a more democratic system.
Who benefits from Fair Trade?
We all do. Most importantly, Fair Trade empowers people in the poorest communities of the world to work their way out of poverty and look forward to a more positive future for themselves, their families and their communities. People Tree proves that a Fair Trade and social business partnership can alleviate poverty and initiate social change.
As a consumer in the UK – or in Europe or the United States – you know that buying Fair Trade products means you are an active part of the solution to world poverty. When you buy Fair Trade products, you are also sending a message to multinational companies to re-think their trading terms in the developing world. Fair Trade is not just about paying a fair price and meeting minimum standards on working conditions – it’s a different way of doing business. It’s pioneering the best practice to show that change is possible even in the fashion industry.
Help us to make a change! By supporting our Fair Trade artisans and buying their products through People Tree, you are helping to eradicate poverty.
“Fair trade and social justice are the easiest way to do away with poverty!” – Safia Minney, Founder and CEO of People Tree