Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Fair trouble

"Last year, a Financial Times investigation claimed that workers on a Fairtrade farm in Peru were being paid less than the minimum wage. Watts believes the Fairtrade monitoring process has "broken down", and others are also concerned. As a spokeswoman for Women Working Worldwide says: "It would be a shame to see a dive in consumer confidence that discredits the brand. But the Fairtrade Foundation must react decisively to criticism. It must become more accountable as an organisation, review its auditing processes and the manageability of its growth in order not to mislead consumers. There are still far too many problems being found on Fairtrade-certified farms.""

Very good article with tons of links on trade, fair trade and reality.

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