Assessing the impacts of Fairtrade on worker-defined forms of empowerment on Ecuadorian flower plantations

Published: 14 Feb 2014


Over the past ten years, flowers have become a major product category for Fairtrade.

In 2012, 536 million Fairtrade flower stems were sold. This report by independent researcher Angus Lyall summarizes the results of a series of workshops held with workers on three Fairtrade-certified flower farms in Ecuador.

It confirms that Fairtrade’s approach can yield important benefits for workers. However, the study also highlights challenges and makes useful recommendations on how to address them.

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