We heard the news from one of our provider/partners who attended the World Fair Trade Organization conference in Rio. Simply put, there will be a certification system to go along with the fair trade label, similar to the organic label on foods. Read more from Global Crafts:Conference Report WFTO - Rio 2013 Last week Kevin our cofounder was in Rio for the World Fair Trade Organization biannual conference - it's a hard life! For those who couldn't get to Rio, here is a brief report. The most important item on the agenda was the Fair Trade Guarantee System, which has been developed over what seems like a decade since a decision in Brussels in 2005 to create a Fair Trade label and certification system to back the label up. In a critical vote last week the WFTO membership voted to move forward and fund the implementation of the system. This means that within 2-3 years you will no longer need to take our word for what we do, we will be an externally audited member of the WFTO. Not only will we be audited but our systems to ensure our producer partners are Fair Trade and our producers on the ground will be audited. The road to a certified and audited system will be a difficult one, but we believe it is essential as consumers ask more questions and deserve more than a good story that we ask them to believe. For producers the opportunity to carry an international label backed by 3rd party audits provides an opportunity to access broader markets. We welcome the progress towards an audited Guarantee System. There was some great presentations on a range of business and Fair Trade topics, Kevin did not get to attend many as he co-presented two presentations. The conference also voted to strengthen Gender Equality within the Principles. The next conference is planned for Italy in 2015.
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It's a glorious Friday, here in South Bend, Indiana. I got home from an appointment at the shop to find a big box waiting, full of smashed-in market baskets. What a great excuse to get the hose out! They are now basking in our yard, after being soaked and reshaped. Stop in tomorrow for the best selection of the new colors. Follow the title link to more info about another fantastic Fair Trade partner, Ojoba Collective!
Saturday, May 7th, 9am-3pm
Celebrate World Fair Trade Day
with locally-roasted Fair Trade coffee.
Join us this Saturday for fresh, locally roasted coffee! C's Beans will be at the shop from 9am-3pm, roasting, grinding and brewing their fair trade, organic beans.
Malia Designs was formed to increase economic opportunity for women in developing countries, and to support local and international non-profit organizations that fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia. They are a member of the Fair Trade Federation, Green America, and Fair Trade Chicago.
Just Goods is carrying their wallets and laundry bags. Learn more by clicking here.
Coffee - freshly roasted and brewed - will be available at Just Goods on Saturday, March 20th. Join C's Beans for a fair trade, organic cupa joe. Bags of coffee will be available for purchase.