Ask for consumers and general public
Demand Fair Trade products. Ask your favourite shops to sell products from verified Fair Trade Enterprises (and other Fair Trade products). Use your social media accounts to promote your favourite Fair Trade product and the people and planet story behind it.
Ask for retailers, stockists and buyers
Support Fair Trade, including by sourcing and promoting products from Fair Trade Enterprises that are offering solutions for people and planet.
Ask for policy makers
Create enabling policies to help thriving social enterprises who fully practice Fair Trade who put people and planet first. This can include policies on trade, industry, tax, business regulation, education among others that can favour Fair Trade Enterprises and create a new economy.
CELEBRATION our STORy
Our story of hope
Our movement is showing that business and trade can put people and planet first. Now let's create Planet Fair Trade!
Fair Trade Enterprises are business models built on a social and environmental mission. They are proof of concept of a new economy. This economy is populated by businesses and trade prioritising human and planetary well-being. Their business models are diverse, and include: circular economy, recycling and upcycling, women-leadership, regenerative agriculture, democratic structures, refugee-focused enterprises, preserve indigenous skills, traditional carbon-neutral production methods, full commitment to their communities, and use of profit to benefit people and their environment.
We are an alternative to greed and destruction. Big corporations geared to extract profits dominate today’s global economy. They increasingly funnel the wealth of our planet to a select few. These outdated corporate models are exploiting and polluting forests, lakes, rivers, soils, oceans and air to maximise their profits.
Inequality is rising and we are all facing a climate crisis. These are the results of business models that put profit before the well-being of people and our planet. But there are no jobs or profits on a dead planet. We are the hopeful alternative. The future is Planet Fair Trade.
Enterprises of the new economy
The Fair Trade movement has created a global community of mission-led enterprises who exist to benefit the people who make the products we all enjoy. These Fair Trade Enterprises are designed to focus on their social mission, use their profits to pursue their social mission and are embedded in their communities. This allows them to protect their local environment, and to preserve traditions and local habitats. We propose this idea as a roadmap for a new economy populated by enterprises that put people and planet first.
Planet Fair Trade
Our movement believes that economically empowered communities are better stewards of Earth’s life support system – land, forests, air, soils, lakes, rivers and oceans.
Chako Fair Trade Enterprise in Tanzania is cleaning up Zanzibar’s beach resorts. Prokritee in Bangladesh is unclogging their waterways from invading water hyacinth and using this plant as sustainable materials for their handcrafted products. Conserve India takes plastic from landfill and turns this into fashion accessories like bags and purses. Elillta from Ethiopia upcycles casings to create jewellery. Plastics for change turns waste plastic into new bottles and Maggie's Organics spreads truly sustainable farming. They are among 350 other Fair Trade Enterprises that are strong proof of concept of Planet Fair Trade.
By being rooted in their communities, and fixated on economically empowering workers, farmers and artisans, Fair Trade Enterprises work for planet. The UNDP and UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative believe that economically empowering communities make them better stewards of our natural resources. Fair Trade Enterprises support communities to be the guardians of their lands, forests, air, lakes, rivers and oceans.