The Marian and Arthur Edelstein Virtual Library

Civil Society and Fair Trade

Zina Angelica Caceres Benavides*

 

Research Resources on Internet
Report nº2, September, 2006

 

The Edelstein Center for Social Research

http://www.edelsteincenter.org

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*I would like to thank Ana Asti, Rosemary Gomes and especially Gilberto Mascarenhas for their suggestions and collaboration.


 

PRESENTATION

This publication offers a guide to Fair Trade through the exploration of 49 sites which include the official organizations of the movement, alternative traders, labeling organizations, government and multilateral bodies, NGOs and academic research across North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Guide makes no claim to be representative, many sites being chosen for their intrinsic interest (availability of information, documents), but it does we feel capture the breadth and diversity of the movement and makes accessible a wealth of documentation on the key aspects of the movement, from facts and figures to analysis and debates.

The guide begins with a presentation of the sites of the four international organizations, which united in the FINE (acronym based on the first letter of each of these organizations), represent the different components of the global movement. This is followed by a selection of European Fair Trade sites exploring the variety of Fair Trade experiences by country and by type of trade (labeled/mainstream and alternative trading circuits integrated from producer groups to dedicated outlets). It also spans traditional and new style fair traders, examples of Government support, leading NGOs and broad movement coalitions.

The third section is devoted to North America (the US and Canada) where Fair Trade has experienced remarkable growth over the last few years. The sites chosen provide a rich documentation of the market and movement features of Fair Trade, involving student campaigns and a variety of coalitions, for many of which Fair Trade is a reply to the promotion of Free Trade Areas. In this bloc we have included a number of academic sites whose research is now providing an important complement to the Fair Trade movement.

The following section provides a sample of developing country sites focusing on the promotion of Regional Fair Trade circuits and National Fair Trade initiatives in developing countries. These sites also offer an important insight into the way in which developing countries are participating in the global Fair Trade organizations and into the way in which Fair Trade is being discussed and negotiated in these countries.

The guide concludes with a brief international section focusing on the United Nations Trade Conference (UNCTAD) which has developed a significant dialogue with the organizations which make up the Fair Trade movement. It also includes the CIAT site which shows how the issue of Fair Trade is now being considered within key international public research networks. The final site, the World Fair Trade day, appropriately captures the current global reach of the Fair Trade movement

We hope internet browsers will find this Guide a useful introduction to the Fair Trade movement and welcome feedback with information on sites which could profitably be included in future editions of this Guide.

Bernardo Sorj
Director
The Edelstein Center for Social Research

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INDICE

THE FINE ASSOCIATION

FLO, Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International
IFAT: The International Fair trade Association
NEWS! - The Network of European Worldshops
EFTA: European Fair Trade Association

EUROPE

ALTER ECO: Commerce Équitable
ASSOCIATION MAX HAVELAAR FRANCE
ARTISANS DU MONDE
CTM ALTROMERCATO CONSORTIUM
DFID: The Department for International Development
ESPANICA COMERCIO JUSTO
EQUITERRE
FTF: Fair Trade Foundation
GEPA 3: Fair Handelshaus
IDEAS : Iniciativas de Economía Alternativa y Solidaria
INTERMÓN OXFAM
OXFAM GB
MAKE TRADE FAIR: Campaigning OXFAM
MAX HAVELAAR: Belgique
MAX HAVELAAR: The Netherlands
MAX HAVELAAR FOUNDATION: Switzerland
PFCE : Plate-Forme Pour le Commerce Équitable
SOLIDAR MONDE


NORTH AMERICA

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY: The Center for Fair and Alternative Trade Studies
CO-OP AMERICA: Economic Action for Justice Planet
CRSDD UQAM: Chaire de Responsabilité Sociale et de Développement Durable
CRISES: Centre de Recherche sur les Innovations Sociales
CRS: Catholic Relief Services
CTC: Citizens Trade Campaign
FFTC: Florida Fair Trade Coalition
FTF: Fair Trade Federation
FAIR TRADE RESOURCE NETWORK: The Alternative that Works
GLOBAL EXCHANGE: Building People-to-People Ties
OCA: Organics Consumer Association
TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES: Fairly Traded Handicraft from around the world
TRANSFAIR USA
USFT: United Students for Fair Trade International

ASIA/AFRICA/LATIN AMERICA

ASHA HANDICRAFTS
AFTF: Asia Fair Trade Forum
BRAC-AARONG
COFTA: Cooperation for Fair Trade in Africa
Comercio Justo Mexico
ECOTA Fair Trade Forum
FACES DO BRASIL: Por um Comércio Ético e Solidário
IFFAD: International Foundation for Fairtrade and Development
IRFT: International Resources for Fairer Trade
RELACC: Red Latinoamericana de Comercialización Comunitaria

INTERNATIONAL

CIAT: International Center for Tropical Agriculture
UNCTAD: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY