With many people around the world going green, the fair trade concept has also been well accepted and introduced to help especially those in developing countries. The concept was already been around for 40 years but the formal labeling has only launched in 1988 by Max Havelaar with the initiative of Dutch agency.
Fair trade gains supports from coffee companies, you might have read from this blog about Starbucks going 100% support on fair trade with their espresso coffees. Other companies like Cadbury Dairy Milk, Sainsbury and other leading companies have pledge their support on fair trade.
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Cadbury is the largest fair trade certified confection product in the world.
What is fair trade?
Fair trade is basically a social organization and approach that aims to fight poverty in the developing countries. The organization aims to help farmers from Africa, Latin America and Asia for a good working conditions as well promote sustainability for a long term basis. In this process, the small scale producer in such developing countries are guaranteed that they are receiving fair and stable prices.
Fair Trade Focus & Label
The organization focus on handicrafts and products such as coffee, tea, , honey wine, cotton , chocolates, fresh flowers sugar, bananas. The products under this can be identified through the fair trade label , this label shows that it was duly certified and consumers and buyers can be assured that this products meet agreed standards.
Mark and Spencer Plan A
One of well known companies that support fair trade is Mark and Spencer. This brand has been trusted for years and loved by many fashion enthusiasts and they are a huge supporter of Fair Trade products.
Fair Trade in the Philippines
- Bohol: Door 1 SUM Bldg., 29 San Jose St. Cogon District, Tagbilaran City – Mon-Sat 8:30am-5:30pm
- Cagayan de Oro : Door 108 Ground Floor , De Leon Plaza Bldg , Yacapin cor. Velez Sts , Cagayan de Oro City – Store Opening Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm
- Cebu : 102 Jose R. Martinez Bldg
Osmena Blvd (near Maybank)
Store Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9am-7pm
- Naga : 4th Level, Nagaland E-Mall,
Store Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-8pm