Fairtrade is an organisation focused on “better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world”. Their work includes support for cocoa farmers in Ghana and the Ivory Coast, West Africa. As their site explains, by requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives”.
From June 4th Fairtrade will be holding a series of 40 minute events, addressing the challenges currently facing many and the future of supply chains. They will be hosted by Catherine David, head of commercial partnerships at the organisation, and an expert panel of guest speakers.
There will be advice on vital topics of Fairtrade, human rights, global supply and the current, often-changing situation for producers on the ground. It’s a chance to find out what’s really going on for farmers and workers in origin countries, and what we can do to help them. They will finish with a Q&A session. June 4th’s event will be followed by a seconde, to take place on July 16th.
It looks to be a great series of events, addressing important issues at this time. The link for the first one is here.
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