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Aligra Celebrates World Fair Trade Day May 11, 2019

Aligra Celebrates World Fair Trade Day May 11, 2019

Aligra Celebrates World Fair Trade Day May 11, 2019

Author: Ken Bracke/Friday, May 10, 2019/Categories: Events, Blog, Wine

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Fair Trade Quick Fact Sheet

What Is Fair Trade?

  • Designed to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions.
  • Focuses in particular on commodities, or products which are typically exported from developing countries to developed countries
  • Most common commodities include handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, wine, sugar, fresh fruit, chocolate, flowers and gold.
  • Seeks to promote greater equity in international trading partnerships
  • Promotes sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers in developing countries.
  • Grounded in three core beliefs: first: producers have the power to express unity with consumers. Secondly: the world trade practices that currently exist promote the unequal distribution of wealth between nations. Lastly: buying products from producers in developing countries at a fair price is a more efficient way of promoting sustainable development than traditional charity and aid.
  • When you purchase Fair Trade products, you help people attain a better quality of life


What is World Fair Trade Day?

  • World Fair Trade Day falls every second Saturday in May.
  • It is an inclusive worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to sustainable development, especially the economic empowerment of small producers, gender equality in workplaces and responsible production practices.


Fairview Goats Do Roam White Blend and Stellar Organics Cabernet Sauvignon/Pinotage

  • South Africa is the largest producer of Fairtrade wine globally, with 26 producer organisations, and accounts for around two- thirds of Fairtrade wine sales.
  • The apartheid system in South Africa limited the opportunities for economic advancement of the majority of the population and left a legacy of poor employment conditions and labour relations in the wine industry.
  • Fairview and Stellar Organics are two of a number of others who practise Fair Trade to reverse these adverse social conditions
  • Fairtrade Standards include the payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price that aims to cover small wine grape farmers’ average costs of production. Fairtrade certified plantations must provide decent working conditions for workers and protect their rights in line with core International Labour Organization Conventions, including the right to join a trade union and collectively negotiate their working conditions, a safe and healthy environment and no discrimination or child labour.

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