What Is Fair Trade?
Fair trade works for financial security, social justice and environmental stewardship for growers and producers in the developing world.
Our consumer spending choices affect people's lives around the world. The products we enjoy are often made in conditions that harm workers, communities and the environment. But increasingly consumers are demanding more humane, more environmentally sensitive products.
In today's world economy, where profits rule and small-scale producers are left out of the bargaining process— farmers, craft producers and other workers are often left without resources or hope for their future. Fair trade helps exploited producers escape from this cycle and gives them a way to maintain their traditional lifestyles with dignity.
(Source: Global Exchange)