New Internationalist 322 April 2000
Many fairly traded products are now on superstore shelves - if they aren't, keep asking why not. An effective system of labelling is essential to inform consumers, fend off fakers and encourage the rest. Look for these labels wherever you are.
Fair Trade Labelling Organizations International (FLO) Brings together most national labelling organizations listed below. FLO members have agreed common principles, which include: . Democratic organization . Recognized trade unions . No child labour . Decent working conditions . Environmental sustainability . Price that covers costs of production . Social premium to improve conditions . Long-term relationship
The FLO monitoring programme ensures that all the trading partners continue to comply with fair-trade criteria and that individual producers benefit.
Britain: Fairtrade Foundation,
France: Max Havelaar France,
The Netherlands: Stichting Max
Norway: Storgata 33c, 0184 Oslo;
Finland (Associate member):
Switzerland: Max Havelaar Stiftung Schweiz,
Canada (Associate member):
Germany: TransFair Germany,
Italy: Transfair Italy,
Japan (Associate member): Transfair Japan,
Luxembourg: Transfair Minka Luxembourg,
USA (Associate member): Transfair USA,
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There's an enormous range of fair-trade products available from alternative outlets. Here the label matters less than the organization - whether it's an aid agency or an alternative trading organization (ATO).
The International Federation for Alternative Trade (IFAT) A global network of 145 fair-trade organizations in 47 countries, many of them Southern producers. They have agreed common principles: . To improve the livelihoods of producers . To promote development opportunities for disadvantaged producers . To raise consumer awareness . To set an example of partnership in trade . To campaign for changes in conventional trade . To protect human rights.
International Federation for Alternative Trade,
Here are just a few IFAT members – they can tell you about
Equal Exchange Trading Limited,
Oxfam Fair Trade Co,
Ten Thousand Villages (USA),
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