Fair and Ethical Trade: An Explanation

Alastair Smith
  • Title: Fair and Ethical Trade: An Explanation
  • Resource Title: Fair and Ethical Trade: An Explanation

Fair Trade Workers - quiltersThis resource is a technical guide, commissioned by WIEGO.


A single, technical and universally accepted definition of Fair Trade has been slow to emerge. In 2001 some of the major players in the Fair Trade movement came together to agree on a definition of Fair Trade:


"Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South. Fair Trade Organizations, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade."  (F.I.N.E. 2001)

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