For people in the Philippines and elsewhere, Fairtrade is more than buying and selling products at fair prices, says Shay Cullen. It is working for the enhancement of human dignity, protecting vulnerable and exploited people. It is a matter of life and death.
This week sees the launch of a global Ethical Fashion Calendar to bring together the various events, campaigns and products which seek to take an ethical approach to fashion. It promotes shows, exhibtions and talks around the world.
A Filipino Mennonite pastor, concerned at how coffee processing corporations had long short-changed indigenous people in the southern Philippines island of Mindanao, has launched a Fair Trade initiative.
Sales of products in the United Kingdom carrying the Fairtrade mark reached an estimated retail value in excess of £700 million by the end of last year, research into the latest trends has demonstrated.
Eight out of 10 shoppers want a watchdog appointed to monitor and penalise supermarkets which treat suppliers unfairly, according to a poll commissioned by Traidcraft, the Christian-based fair trade organisation.