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Taking gentler steps: Fair Trade

Fair Trade is different to free trade. When a product is labeled fair trade (or Fairtrade) it provides a guarantee that farmers and producers in developing countries receive a fair deal.

Fair trade guarantees:

  • Farmers receive a fair and stable price for their products – fair trade ensures that the price paid to farmers and producers is not only higher than under free trade but that it doesn’t go dramatically up and down. This means farmers and producers have a clearer idea of exactly what income they will receive for their work.  
  • Producers improve their lives– fair trade ensures an extra amount of money, called the social premium is paid to producers to fund such things as schools, health clinics, electricity and clean water.
  • Greater respect for the environment – fair trade producers are expected to reduce their use of dangerous chemicals, eliminate unnecessary waste, protect forests and look after the soil.
  • Producers and their communities are empowered – fair trade helps producers to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to develop their businesses.
  • People’s basic rights. For example, no child labour is permitted under fair trade regulations and women have equal rights and opportunities to men. 
  • Positive action by consumers – fair trade helps consumers to become more aware of the negative effects of international (free) trade and how by buying fair trade products they are helping producers in developing countries and their families to have a better quality of life.