Fairtrade Responds to ARTE documentary

06 August 2013

On August 6, ARTE aired a documentary called, “Der faire Handel auf dem Prüfstand/Le business du commerce equitable”. We watched the documentary and we take the issues addressed very seriously. We recognise that a commitment to scaling up Fairtrade’s impact with integrity requires walking a line between socially and environmentally responsible production, and enabling trade that ultimately benefits producers, workers and their communities.

Over the years Fairtrade has learned valuable lessons about meeting the often-conflicting needs of disadvantaged producers and the demands of the market. Growth can solve problems, but can breed others if core human rights principles are not considered. We recently addressed these issues in “Scaling Up with Integrity – What does it mean for Fairtrade?”.

The Fairtrade Standards have minimum entry requirements based on international human rights conventions and international labour law. Fairtrade’s rigorous certification system is a vital tool to detect human rights violations on Fairtrade-certified farms. We constantly seek to improve the basis for better living and working conditions of producers and workers and their communities.

Fairtrade is always open to scrutiny and welcomes constructive criticism. The documentary raises serious issues; however we have questions around some of the information, how it was presented, and the conclusions drawn from it.

A more complete response from Fairtrade is now available here.

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