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About Fair and Ethical Trade

Photo: Rodney Dekker/OxfamAUS Caption: Angela Maria Bosco is a Fairtrade Coffee Farmer who works with Cooperativa Cafe Timor in Timor Leste. Since joining the organisation and receiving a fair price for her produce, Angela’s life has changed for the better.

Fair Trade is a global movement working to overcome the inequalities and injustices within the conventional trade system. Oxfam has been a leader in this movement, both through our global Trading operations (with at least 10 Oxfam’s around the world engaged in trading fair and ethical products), and leading the way in campaigning and advocating to make trade fair.

Oxfam Australia is committed to a fair and ethical trading framework; one that seeks to support artisans and farmers, their communities, and suppliers to engage in business that is guided by fair trading principles. These principles ensure all people involved across the entire value chain access both social and economic benefits, and that the environment is protected too.

Fair and Ethical Trading Principles

The Fair Trade movement shares a vision of a world in which justice, equity and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full human potential. To find out more, download the Global Fair Trade Charter here

To meet this vision, Fair Trade has a number of principles and standards. 

The fourth principle of Fair Trade is Fair Payment, which includes a Living Wage. Click here for more information.  

Behind these, there is also a commitment to: 

  • stable prices;
  • ensuring that farmers and artisans are paid fairly for their work and products;
  • ensuring that there is stability in the income they can earn, including through long-term partnerships and pre-financing;
  • ensuring that these artisans and farmers are less susceptible to changes in the market, through minimum prices and long lead times for orders. 

Fair Trading practices also take into account the social, economic and environmental well-being of artisans and farmers and their communities.

Learn more about the 10 principles of Fair Trade: http://www.wfto.com/fair-trade/10-principles-fair-trade and Fairtrade's standards: https://www.fairtrade.net/standards.html

In keeping with its commitment to Fair and Ethical trade, Oxfam works with artisans and farmers outside of, and beyond, certification to: build capacity of artisans and farmers; improve market readiness; create opportunities; assist in product development; supporting them in their own health, education and community programs. Whilst not all of our artisans and farmers will progress to, or be able to afford, certification our work with them also prepares our partners for certification.

Advocating for change:

The private sector has an important role to play in development. By adopting transparent, sustainable, fair and ethical practices, businesses can not only deliver profit but can help support solutions to care for our people and our planet, too.

Oxfam is committed to campaigning and advocacy work in the labour rights space. Oxfam’s Behind the Brands Campaign has helped deliver improvements in the supply chain of large companies like Coke, Pepsi and Nestle. We have also undertaken global and national campaigns to encourage consumers to purchase ethically and use their voice to influence brands to become more ethical also. Click here to explore Oxfam Australia’s current labour rights campaigns. 

 

FAIR TRADE ASSOCIATIONS

WORLD FAIR TRADE ORGANISATION (WFTO)

The WFTO is the global representative body of over 450 members operating in over 70 countries across five regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America and Pacific Rim), and is committed to 100% Fair Trade and a guardian of Fair Trade values. Oxfam Shop (Oxfam Australia Trading) is the first Australian WFTO Guarantee System member.  Click here to learn more.

You can read more about the World Fair Trade Organisation here.

 

FAIRTRADE AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND (FANZ)

FANZ is a full and active member of Fairtrade International. All Fairtrade-certified products are audited by the Fairtrade Labelling Organisation (FLO), and FANZ has the sole right to license the use of the international FAIRTRADE Mark in Australia and New Zealand. FLO sets the international standards for Fairtrade and governs the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark worldwide.

You can read more about Fairtrade Australia New Zealand at: http://fairtrade.com.au/

You can read more about the Fairtrade labelling organization at: http://www.fairtrade.net/

 

FAIR TRADE ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND (FTAANZ)

FTAANZ is a member-driven not-for-profit organisation with various state branches. FTAANZ aims to increase awareness, understanding and support for fair trade; and link artisans and farmers in South East Asia and the Pacific with fair trade markets.

You can read more about the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand at http://www.fta.org.au/ and view their Fair Trade Shopping Guide here.

 

FAIR TRADERS OF AUSTRALIA (FToA)

FToA is an Australian network of endorsed small-scale traders of Fair Trade crafts and other products. 

 

FAIR TRADE NETWORK GROUPS

There are many local network groups throughout Australia including local advocacy groups and fair trade accredited universities and business.