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Cotton Failing Millions of Farmers in Asia & Africa

23 April 2015

Cotton is one of the world’s most important crops in terms of land use after food grains and soy beans. But millions of small-scale cotton farmers are at the far end of a multi-billion dollar textile supply chain that leaves them...


Fairtrade Textile Standard – Public Consultation

30 March 2015

How can the complex textile supply chain be made more fair? Since introducing Fairtrade certified cotton in 2005, Fairtrade International has been working to extend its approach to the entire textile value chain. Our approach to...


Trade Unions and Fairtrade in Common Engagement for Workers’ Rights

27 January 2015

There are over 210,900 workers in Fairtrade certified hired labour organizations. Fairtrade collaborates closely with trade unions to maximize benefits and encourage workers’ rights beyond the Fairtrade Standards. Today, the...


The Need for Wage-Rich Prices

16 December 2014

A blog by Wilbert Flinterman, Senior Advisor on Workers’ Rights and Trade Union Relations at Fairtrade International, and Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research at Fairtrade Foundation (UK). In 1819, UK MPs were debating...


New Living Wage Benchmark for Kenya

11 December 2014

Fairtrade is pleased to co-publish a fourth regional living wage study that sets a new living wage benchmark for the Naivasha region of Kenya. The study estimates living wage in comparison to wages paid in the flower sector in...


Weaving Further Impact for Textile Workers

04 September 2014

Once it has left the hands of the farmer, Fairtrade cotton passes through a long and complex supply chain of workers who gin, spin, knit, dye, cut and trim the raw product into consumer items such as t-shirts, bed sheets and baby...


New Living Wage Benchmarks Point the Way Forward

10 June 2014

Three reports published today set new living wage benchmarks for rural South Africa, Dominican Republic and Malawi. The reports, commissioned by Fairtrade International (Western Cape, South Africa), Fairtrade and Social...

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