In the spotlight: The First Buyer Label

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Besides the Product Label, the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) has another label for organisations which want to show their commitment to Fair Trade products. Indeed, if a company sells product from Guaranteed Fair Trade Organisation under its own brand, the company is considered a First Buyer and can be eligible to the label.
These First Buyers need to meet a set of criteria in their trading relationship with Guaranteed Fair Trade Organisations, sign a contract for the use of the First Buyer Label and pay a licensing fee of 1% of the purchase order with a minimum of €100 per year.
On striking success story of the use of the First Buyer Label is Fundacion Creaciones Miquelina from Colombia which empowers exploited women and girls affected by Colombia’s civil conflict to take their future into their own hands.

What are your fair chances at work?

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Gender equity is a crucial element in the 10 Principles of Fair Trade. The World Fair Trade Organistion (WFTO) and Oxfam MdM want to reiterate their commitment to that declaration by supporting women’s rights during that special day. Thus, the organisations created a campaign entitled “What are your fair chances at work?” in order to raise awareness on gender equality at workplaces and invited their network to share it.
As Fair Trade is crucial to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, WFTO and Oxfam MdM take steps to empower women, to fight for their rights and their equal access to economic resources and to promote women as key agents for change and drivers of sustainable development.

New duty of vigilance law in France sets example for Europe

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Under this new law, the largest French companies will have to assess and prevent their adverse human rights and environmental impacts. This includes impacts linked to their own activities and those of their subsidiaries, as well as activities of suppliers and subcontractors, with whom they have an established commercial relationship.
The Constitutional Court gave the green light to the law in March after several senators raised the question of its unconstitutionality. The Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) had joined others in the Fair Trade movement in signing a statement in support of the law. Find it here. The decision of the Court to keep the majority of the text and thus protecting the environment and human rights in international trade, is welcomed by the Fair Trade movement.
The FTAO calls for similar legislation to be adopted in European countries to make businesses (parent companies and suppliers) more accountable. For more details on the French duty of vigilance law, please check this FAQ by the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ).

World Fair Trade Day 2017: the largest Fair Trade celebration

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On 13 May, the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) invited participants to create human chains during this World Fair Trade Day and to explain how they are Agents for Change in their day-to-day life. During the celebrations, several videos were shot and a video of Agents for Change around the globe is available.
More than 2 million people joined the 4000 Fair Trade celebrations across the world, making it the most important Fair Trade event of the year. 13 universities, 250 communities organised breakfasts with Fair Trade products and enjoyed Fair Trade cakes (a Belgian minister even set the example).
Dario Soto Abril, Global CEO of Fairtrade International, welcomed this popularity: “It’s fantastic to see so many supporters, producers, and politicians coming together around the world to celebrate the successes of Fairtrade, and to encourage more people to join us”.
The FTAO wants to thank every participant and hopes that 2018 will see even more people joining the celebrations!

European Parliament’s report on textile supply chains puts pressure on Commission to act

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On Thursday 27 April, during the Fashion Revolution Week and in remembrance of the deadly 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, a large majority of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted in favour of the resolution on the garment sector, led by MEP Lola Sanchez Caldentey (GUE/NGL).
The Fair Trade movement welcomes this report emphatically. Besides the important call for binding due diligence (that could create a precedence for other sectors), the report calls on the European Commission (EC) to promote transparency, ILO core conventions such as union rights and to follow OECD guidelines in implementing due diligence obligations. It features also recognition of the full supply chain including cotton and the informal sector, while calling for support in different EU tools for fairer trade, for tariff preferences for Fair Trade products, and the unlocking of the power of public procurement.
The Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO), signatory of the Clean Clothes Campaign open letter to the EC urging for more transparency in the textile supply chain, welcomes the adoption of the report by the European Parliament as the first step toward a fair global value chain in the textile industry.

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