What is Fair trade exactly?
Fair trade aims to alleviate poverty. To do this it guarantees producers and artisans in the developing world a better standard of living. Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. This is why you see most fair trade products coming out of the poorest nations, such as Africa, South America & parts of Asia. With fairtrade, companies must pay sustainable prices for goods, which must reflect the true cost of the production of a good, which allows workers everywhere a chance for a good wage and allows local companies not to be exploited, allowing employers & employees to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
Fair trade also has other positive aims that include: supporting producer organisations in their pay and working conditions, committing to long term relationships to provide stability and security and campaigning to highlight the unequal system of world trade which places profit above human rights and threatens our environment.
If artisans receive a fair price for their products they are able to:
• Build a secure future, by paying for new social and environmental projects, promoting gender equality and securing long term employment.
• Enjoy the health, education and other benefits we take for granted.
• Live a happy and prosperous life.
Voyage & fair trade
We trade with members of the British Association for Fair Trade Shops & Suppliers, also known as BAFTS. BAFTS is a network of retail shops who have adopted the Fair Trade ethos & trade overseas with the countries who need assistance. As we trade through members of BAFTS, this guarantees our products Fair Trade. The UK Fair Trade market has doubled in value in last few years, and last year sales reached over £1 billion. The UK is one of the world’s leading markets for fair trade, with more products and more awareness of this type of trading than anywhere else.