In recent years we have all become aware of the fact that the products we use are made in poor conditions: for far too little wages, by children, in dangerous working conditions and so on. But what can you do now to prevent that?
Producers and stores often resist the arrival of “fair” products. Supermarkets initially did not want to include Max Havelaar in the range. That only happened under pressure from consumers. We don’t have to expect anything from politics either. It leaves the promotion of fair trade entirely in line with the liberal spirit of the last decades, preferably to the market.
Fortunately, more fair trade products are purchased every year. More and more gift vouchers are being given as gifts. If a small part of this money were to go to fair trade projects, the amount that is now going to development aid could be surpassed. Solving poverty is within reach if we are willing to share more of our wealth and make the right choice. We support various education projects in developing countries through a 1-percent club with part of the income from Fairtrade Cadeaubon. Here, for example, computers are purchased with which computer lessons can be given.
Fair trade organizations worldwide have established principles that must be adhered to. The following are the basic principles of fair trade.
1. Offering opportunities to disadvantaged producers
3. Fair trading conditions
4. Responsible prices
5. No child labor, no forced labor
6. Equal opportunities
7. Responsible working conditions
8. Capacity building
9. Care for the environment
10. Promotion of fair trade