World Fair Trade Day: 3 Ways You and Your Family Can Support Fair Trade
Promote Prosperity While Protecting Our Planet!
With the rapid growth of consumerism, it’s important to understand how our choices impact our world.
Fair trade, defined as a means to offer better trading conditions to marginalized producers and workers, ensures a more sustainable system of commerce that banks on ethical practices from production to consumption.
The second Saturday of May is celebrated annually around the globe as World Fair Trade Day. It’s an effort to promote initiatives to support small-scale farmers, producers, and their families, as well as cultivate healthy and sustainable communities around the world. This year, the event took place last May 14th.
While the concept of fair trade is gaining steam with more establishments shifting their operations to more sustainable practices, there’s still a need to incorporate fair trade into people’s consciousness.
The United Nations has taken the lead in using fair trade to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. The world body has embedded fair trade in pursuing its sustainable development goals, which include zero poverty, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, decent work and economic growth, and responsible consumption and production.
Since our country is the largest consumer market in the world, we are called upon to support fair trade by patronizing products produced by workers who work under humane conditions and who receive fair wages while shunning those produced by companies that employ workers living in substandard conditions.
Here’s How You Can Support Fair Trade
You and your family can play a key role in supporting manufacturers producing fair trade products. You can also teach your kids about the importance of fair trade. Here are three ways of showing your support for fair trade:
- Teach your kids about fair trade.
Learn how fair trade practices impact the lives of farmers, workers, and the environment. You can then teach what you’ve learned to your children. Making your children understand the process and showing them the impact of fair trade would help them connect with the idea and make them invested in the outcome.
- Support fair trade products.
When you do your grocery runs or when you’re shopping for clothes, watch out for products that feature the blue and green Fairtrade mark. The labels on the products mean they are certified to have been produced by companies and organizations that recognize and uphold workers’ rights.
Fair trade also supports and empowers farmers. Check out the Fairtrade mark on bananas, other fresh fruits, cocoa, coffee, flowers, sugar, tea, honey, juices, rice, as well as spices and herbs.
Be mindful that “fair trade” is not a protected term, which means any company can call its products fair trade, even when they’re not. The distinctive Fairtrade mark is used only by organizations, brands, and products that are part of the Fairtrade International system. It’s a global network of nearly 2 million farmers and workers in almost 80 countries worldwide. The companies using the Fairtrade mark are certified members of the World Fair Trade Organization network.
- Become a fair trade-certified business.
If you are a business owner who wants to support fair trade, you can have your products certified by Fair Trade USA by adhering to the Fair Trade USA standards or Fair Trade international standards.
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