First Climate Project Certified Under Fairtrade Climate Standard

Climate standards

The Fairtrade Climate Standard is an innovative scheme developed by Fairtrade International in partnership with Gold Standard - the leading certification standard for climate and development. The project aims to improve living conditions for the communities in Lesotho, and to strengthen them against the impacts of climate change.
The Fairtrade Climate Standard enables vulnerable communities in developing countries to reduce emissions while also strengthening themselves against the effects of climate change. The Fairtrade Minimum Price ensures the costs of running the project are covered, while an additional Fairtrade Premium is paid directly to the village communities to be invested in local climate adaptation initiatives of their choice. For businesses, Fairtrade Carbon Credits can help in taking responsibility for their carbon footprint by offsetting any unavoidable emissions.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly…. Banana!

make fruit fair

GVC produced in the framework of the Make Fruit Fair campaign three videos which were released on 30 November that stress several aspects of the imbalance of power in supply chain:
• In the first short film the inhumane conditions of banana workers are shown. They are underpaid, exposed to health threats because of the pesticides they use during the production process, and are unable to join a trade union to protect their rights.
• The second one stresses the even worse conditions women have to accept to keep working in the plantations. Among them are precarious working contracts, unpaid extra working hours, absence of health insurance, blackmails, and sexual harassments.
• Finally a Fair remake of the famous Sergio Leone’s movie, focuses on the different impact of a low-cost, a green, and a fair banana.

Women School of Leadership

Woman leadership

The launch of Fairtrade Africa’s new Women School of Leadership next 12 May 2017 in Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire will be based on a year-long training, broken down into 10 modules aimed at supporting marginalised women farmers and the next generation of farmers to attain power and agency.
The courses that will be covered in the module include:
• Human Rights and Women’s Human Rights
• Fairtrade Standards and Gender Strategy
• Developing Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem and Resilience
• Group Cohesion and Principles of Cooperation
• Women and Leadership
• Women and the Economy
• Women Understanding Money
• Income Diversification and Project Management
• Strategic Negotiation and Influencing
• Masculinity and Gender Equality

The aim is to strengthening their:
1. Human capital (e.g. knowledge and skills, Leadership skills, influencing and advocacy skills, business skills)
2. Social capital (e.g. groups, networks, alliances, partnerships and mentorship programs)
3. Financial capital (e.g. diversified financial base, access to loans, own savings)
4. Physical capital and access to sustainable resources (e.g. Individual and community assets, land, water, energy, forests, productive tools).

Released video of the Panel debate “Fair Trade 2030”

ft 2030

If you missed the event, you can find here a short video with interviews (in French with Dutch subtitle) of some participants including FTAO Director Sergi Corbalan.
As reported, the Club of Rome EU Chapter organised on 5 October the panel debate "Fair Trade 2030" in cooperation with the Fair Trade Advocacy Office and the University Foundation. The discussion focused on the concept of “economic growth” in the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 8), particularly around the vision for Fair Trade at the 2030 horizon. The event took place in the context of the Belgian Fair Trade week, an initiative of the Belgian Development Cooperation.


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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.


      The Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) speaks out 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 World Fair Trade Organization-Global and the World Fair Trade Organization-Europe.


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