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Is fairtrade fair Is fairtrade fair Presentation Transcript

  • Is Fair-trade fair? Team of Legal Research Thomas Henry Gummer Soon Lee Tan Ng Wai Yen Ian Wong
  • Definition
    • Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade.
    • It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of , marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South .
  • History
    • Curtail the exploitation of coffee pickers in Dutch colonies.
    • Fair-trade foundation in 1992
    • Worldwide recognised brand/label ¹
    ¹ http://www.fairtrade.org.uk
  • Role
    • Assist developing country workers
    • Bringing together producer and consumer in a citizens’ movement for a change
    • Tool to ensure disadvantaged farmers and workers receive a better deal
  • Alleviating Poverty?
    • Plough back into producer communities by retailer by charging a higher premium
    • FLO acts as a catalyst for increase product quality and better working conditions
    • A strategy for poverty alleviation
    • sustainable development across developing countries ²
    ² <http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/what_is_fairtrade/fairtrade_foundation.aspx> accessed in 20/10/2010
    • FLO is praised that well meaning move towards increasing opportunities for poor producers of goods .
    • People like the idea of helping people not with hand outs but opportunity to work hard and decently
    • UK food retail industries support such as Co operative, Waitrose, M & S…..
  • A mere marketing tool
    • “ exploiting customer goodwill ” by adding additional mark ups to fair trade for their own profit
    • Regulation stop many farmers from qualify for fair trade sales
    • Out of every 10 pence made in mark up only 0.01 pence is received by producers
    • Fair trade helps landowners, rather than the agricultural labourers who suffer the severest poverty
    • Fair-trade rules actually make it harder for labourers to gain permanent, full-time employment.
    Adam Smith Institutions ³ ³ .-‘Adam Smith Institute: Fair trade is unfair, says think-tank’ (25th Feb 2008) <http://www.politics.co.uk/press-releases/adam-smith-institute-fair-trde-unfair-says-think-tank-$1207231.htm.> , accessed 20th October 2010
  • Conclusion