People Tree goes to Rio to participate in the Global Fair Trade Week


Next week, Safia Minney, CEO and Founder of People Tree, will travel to the Global Fair Trade Week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The week is will bring together hundreds of leaders from the World Fair Trade Organisation to promote Fair Trade and launch a new Fair Trade Standard guaranteeing Fair Trade throughout a product’s supply chain.

A highlight of the conference will be a Fair Trade Fashion show produced by People Tree, representing traditional skills from organisations all around the world – from India to Kenya to Bolivia.

At the opening ceremony, the Mayor Eduardo Paes will sign a decree establishing the city of Rio de Janeiro as the “World Fair Trade Capital”. The Mayor will also conclude the International Campaign Declaration of the Millennium Development Goals “Beyond 2015” by signing a statement. This statement, along with others signed last year by Mayors from around the world, will be delivered to the meeting of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to be held in September 2013 in New York. The goal is to incorporate Fair Trade into the Millennium Development Goals.

What is the World Fair Trade Organisation?

WFTO is a global community representing 450 fair trade organizations committed to 100% fair trade, representing more than 2.5 million small producers or 7.5 million people around the world. WFTO works in 75 countries around the world, and is the only worldwide network that represents all the members throughout the Fair Trade supply chain. WFTO members are passionately committed to eradicating poverty through sustainable economic development.

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