Released video of the Panel debate “Fair Trade 2030”

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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.

Does Fair Trade change society?

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In order to find out what impact Fair Trade had in Germany between 2000-2015 Fairtrade Germany, the Service Agency Communities in One World/Engagement Global, Brot für die Welt, MISEREOR, and Forum Fairer Handel, with financial support from the Friedrich Ebert-Stiftung, commissioned the research institute CEval between September 2015 and September 2016 to write the report Does Fair Trade change Society?. Additionally, to the very detailed original German version, Fairtrade Germany has been published now a much shorter English version.
This may be the first study on Fair Trade societal impact in a country of the global North. It documents and analyses the strong growth of Fair Trade focusing not only on sales, but also on changes in perception, on impact on behaviour, on education for sustainable development, and Fair public procurement. Although it is a case study particular to Germany, it can serve as a role model for similar studies in other countries.
The short English version of the study can be downloaded here.
The full version (in German) can be downloaded here.

An e-tool for public procurement at national and local level

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The International Learning Lab on Public Procurement and Human Rights is a global network website to generate knowledge, tools and guidance, and build capacity of local and national procurement agencies to integrate human rights into purchasing.
The learning Lab is split into four thematic hubs:
• Electronics - The Business, Human Rights and the Environment Research Group (BHRE) at University of Greenwich leads the Learning Lab’s research on the incorporation of human rights considerations into government procurement of electronics.

• Apparel – ICAR and the Harrison Institute lead the Learning Lab’s research on the incorporation of human rights considerations into government procurement of apparel

• International financial institutions - The Public Procurement Research Group (PPRG) at University of Nottingham, and the Danish Institute for Human Rights lead the Learning Lab’s research on human rights considerations in the procurement processes of international financial institutions

• Private security - DCAF leads the Learning Lab’s research on the incorporation of human rights considerations into government procurement of private security services

For more info visit the website.

SDGs letter to Vice-President Timmermans

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The European Commission published a Communication on November 2016 about its intention to establish a Multi-Stakeholder Platform as part of its overall implementation of the SDGs.
SDG Watch Europe, as a broad cross-sectoral civil society alliance including the Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO), welcomed this announcement and proposed a forum. It would amount to the operationalisation of the Agenda 2030's commitment to a multi-stakeholder approach as a key means of implementation. The forum should involve key stakeholders including civil society, the private sector, academia, and others. For this reason, SDG Watch Europe consulted with its members and subsequently sent a letter to the First Vice President of the Commission, Frans Timmermans. The letter sets out the priorities of the alliance in relation to any multi-stakeholder platform that is to be established as part of the overall implementation of the SDGs by the EU.


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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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