New report offers ways forward for Europe in tackling supply chain abuse

25 April 2012 - A new report has identified how the European Union can take steps to ensure fair play in the grocery market. The report, which was commissioned by international and European organisations concerned with the how the food sector currently impacts upon on farmers, workers and consumers, looks at how EU member states tackle unfair commercial practices in dealings between retailers and suppliers.

Of 15 member states reviewed, 10 have already taken steps to inhibit unfair and imbalanced commercial relationships using a combination of both soft and hard legislative measures. Five other Member states are currently in the process of implementing measures to address the same problem. Two member states have already had to ratchet up their policy solutions, because their initial solutions developed were too soft.

Read more: New report offers ways forward for Europe in tackling supply chain abuse

Fairtrade Access Fund To Provide Long-Term Loans To Smallholder Farmers

24 April 2012 (Brussels, Bonn Washington D.C., Seattle) - Incofin Investment Management, Fairtrade International and Grameen Foundation announced they are establishing the first fund to focus on the unmet demand of smallholder farmers for longterm loans. Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ:SBUX) joins as the Fund's first anchor private investor with a $1.3m (€1m) commitment. The Fund will offer investors both financial and demonstrable social results.

The full press release can be found here.

WTO Bali package: A giant step for the WTO, a small step for Fair Trade

7 December 2013 (Brussels) - The World Trade Organization (WTO) agreed last night in Bali a package of measures, possibly the most significant achievement of the WTO since its creation in 1995. The package includes decisions to increase market access opportunities for farmers from Least Developed Countries, in particular cotton farmers, and to temporarily allow governments to take measures to guarantee food security, to be re-discussed in two years´ time.

Sergi Corbalán, Executive Director of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office, stated “We welcome the package as a step in the right direction, yet there is a long way to go before WTO rules become a tool to ensure sustainable livelihoods for all”.

The Fair Trade movement was born on the basis of the conviction that trade (not aid) should deliver long-lasting solutions for poverty eradication.

However, for trade to realise its potential, it must be ensured that all actors in the supply chain, in particular small producers and workers, receive a fair share of its benefits, which is still not the case.

The Fair Trade movement joined in October 2013 a wide coalition of Civil Society Organisations calling on the WTO to put “Food, Jobs and Sustainable Development First”. On 26 November 2013, days before the EU trade ministers and the European Commission left for the WTO negotiations in Bali, a European alliance of over 50 civil society organisations, including the Fair Trade Advocacy Office, launched the Alternative Trade Mandate, including proposals to make EU trade and investment policy work for people and the planet.

The Fair Trade movement would like to join people in South-Africa and across the world in paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, which inspired many to join a people’s movement to make trade fairer. “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings”. Nelson Mandela 1918-2013.

Earlier related statements

Over 50 civil society groups demand a paradigm shift in EU trade and investment policies – Press release November 2013:
 
WTO Turnaround 2013: Food, Jobs and Sustainable Development First – Statement October 2013:
 
New Global Challenges Need New Global Leadership – Press release January 2013:

The Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) speaks out on behalf of the Fair Trade movement for Fair Trade and Trade Justice with the aim to improve the livelihoods of marginalised producers and workers in the South. The FTAO is a joint initiative of Fairtrade International, the European Fair Trade Association and the World Fair Trade Organization-Europe. Through these three networks the FTAO represents an estimate of 2.5 million Fair Trade producers and workers from 70 countries, 24 labelling initiatives, over 500 specialised Fair Trade importers, 4,000 World Shops and more than 100,000 volunteers.

Contact:  

Sergi Corbalán - Fair Trade Advocacy Office Executive Director
Tel: +32 (0)2 54 31 92 3
Address: 15 rue Fernand Bernierstraat / 1060 Brussels – Belgium

European Commission’s “modern” proposal on trade and development is the same old story

27 January 2012 (Brussels) – Today the European Commission (EC) published its new EU trade and development plan. While welcoming the commitments to support small producers and fair, organic and ethical trade initiatives, the Fair Trade movement regrets the lack of commitment to mainstream Fair Trade principles across EU policies.

The Communication on “Trade, Growth and Development” aims to “modernise” the existing EU trade and development policy, dating back from 2002. However, the resulting policy is a continuation of the “business as usual” trade policy, sugarcoated with development aid to help to “swallow the pill” of the EU trade liberalisation agenda.

Read more: European Commission’s “modern” proposal on trade and development is the same old story

200 Mayors support Fair Trade in new global goals for poverty eradication and sustainable development post-2015

23 September 2013 (New York) – The signers of the “Fair Trade Beyond 2015” Declaration were unveiled today ahead of the United Nations’ event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This Declaration, which has been signed amongst others by the Mayors of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Seoul (South Korea), Paris (France) and Madrid (Spain), calls on world leaders to support Fair Trade in the post-2015 global sustainable development framework that will replace the MDGs, stressing that any new global framework must also be a fair one.

Today, in the run-up to the United Nations’ Special Event to Follow up Efforts Made Towards Achieving the MDGs, taking place on 25 September in New York, the Fair Trade movement unveiled the broad support for its campaign for a new sustainable development framework that will support Fair Trade and Trade Justice. Following the first signer, the Mayor of Poznan, Poland, 200 Mayors around the world, including those from Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, Paris, and Madrid as well as over 120 elected local authorities and 270 Civil Society Organisations have signed in the last months the “Fair Trade Beyond 2015” Declaration. This Declaration calls for a new global framework that creates a just, equitable and sustainable world and supports Fair Trade as a best-practice partnership for development between governments, local authorities, businesses and citizens.

In the last weeks, the results have also been handed over to various governments. When officially receiving the names of the signatories, EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs stated “[b]y bringing together the private sector, civil society and local authorities to empower small producers and agricultural workers, fair trade is an excellent example of the global partnership we are standing for”. He continued to stress that “[t]he EU will continue engaging with its partners to support the uptake of fair trade and sustainable consumption and production practices”.

EU Development Commissioner Supports Fair Trade Beyond 2015 LQ

EU Development Commissioner Supports Fair Trade Beyond 2015. High-quality picture here.

“We would like to thank all the signatory mayors, local leaders and civil society organisations around the world for making such a visible stand for Fair Trade“, stated Sergi Corbalán, Executive Director of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office. “Fair Trade is a best practice on how poverty reduction can meet sustainable development. It would be therefore logical that the future sustainable development framework beyond 2015 promoted the uptake of Fair Trade”, concluded Corbalán.

FTAO hands over signatures

FTAO hands over signatures to the EU Development Commissioner. High-quality picture here

 Download the press-release in PDF here.


Notes to the editors   

The Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) speaks out for Fair Trade and trade justice with the aim to improve trading conditions for marginalised producers and workers in the South. It is a joint initiative of the European Fair Trade Association (EFTA), Fairtrade International (FLO) and the World Fair Trade Organization-Europe (WFTO-Europe). These networks bring together over 2 million Fair Trade producers from more than 60 countries, 24 labelling initiatives, hundreds of specialized Fair Trade importers, over 3000 Worldshops and more than 100,000 volunteers.


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Peter Möhringer
moehringer@fairtrade-advocacy.org
Tel: +32 (0)2 54 31 92 3
Fair Trade Advocacy Office
Village Partenaire - bureau 12
15 rue Fernand Bernierstraat
1060 Brussels - Belgium 

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      The first EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award is officially launched!

       

      08 December 2017 (Brussels)Yesterday, the European Commission officially launched the first EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award. The Fair Trade movement warmly encourage local authorities to give the necessary visibility to their key contributors to make trade Fair by joining the competition.

      The long-awaited EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award has been officially launched yesterday. This was a commitment that the Commission took in October 2014, when the current EU Trade strategy was launched.

      The purpose of the award is to:

      • Recognize and celebrate cities’ achievements and positive impact in the areas of social, economic and environmental sustainability in international trade. 
      • Emphasize Fair and ethical trade schemes, as well as other non-governmental sustainability schemes, which may bring more sustainable opportunities to small producers in third countries and thus support sustainable and inclusive development.

      The call for applications is now open and EU local authorities can apply until April 2018. The winner is expected to be announced in Brussels in June 2018.

      “The launch of this award has been strongly requested by the Fair Trade movement and the more than 2000 Fair Trade Towns. Therefore, we welcome this initiative which gives the necessary visibility to the contribution of local authorities in promoting sustainable consumption and production models.”

      Sergi Corbalán, FTAO Executive Director

      The Fair Trade movement looks forward to supporting the European Commission and the International Trade Centre, appointed to set-up the award, to make this initiative a real success! The Fair Trade movement will mobilise its network to ensure a high participation of EU local authorities in the award. It will also seize the opportunity to raise awareness on the role of local policy makers in promoting sustainable development through trade.

      You can learn more about the award and how to apply here

      You can read FTAO’s toolkit on localising the SDGs through Fair Trade here

      A pdf version of this press release can be found here.

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