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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...

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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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Working for the Common Good

14 May 2014

Fairtrade launches a project to improve the impact of Fairtrade for workers on small farms, and better support the vulnerable farmers who employ them.

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Journey Towards a Living Wage

14 April 2014

A post by Wilbert Flinterman, the Senior Advisor on Workers’ Rights and Trade Union Relations of Fairtrade International. Read more about Fairtrade's perspective on workers' rights here. The topic of living wage has exploded...

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Revised Fairtrade Standard for Hired Labour bolsters support for workers

14 January 2014

Grounded firmly in the daily reality of Fairtrade workers across the globe, the new Standard offers greater support for freedom of association, important steps toward living wages, greater autonomy in decision-making and more.

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Fairtrade Concerned About Workers' Rights in Fiji Sugar Mills

26 September 2013

Edited 4 October, 2013 Since 2011 Fairtrade International has been proud to work with approximately 13,000 Fijian sugar cane farmers and their families, organised in certified groups in Labasa, Lautoka, Rarawai & Penang....

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Study Highlights Mature Industrial Relations on Colombian Banana Farms

29 August 2013

During the first years of the 21st century the Urabá region of Colombia was still notorious for violence fed by conflict between paramilitary and guerrilla groups, and dangerous for trade unionists. In the last decade significant...

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