Fair Trade Is Fair for Everyone

Hi Everyone- Here Shirley Shivhon explains the fair-trade system of trade. It is the right thing to do for the human condition around the world. It has raised my consciousness. Read on and see how you might practice this in your shopping trips.

What is buying fair-trade? Fair-trade is a system of trade based on a direct relationship and partnership between buyers and producing community. It is a social movement and approach that helps producers in developing countries and promotes sustainability. Fair Trade makes sure that artisans receive a fair price for their products, have direct involvement in the marketplace, and uphold environmental and labor rights standards. This system builds real and last relationships between producers in developing countries and businesses and consumer. Fair trade is based on dialogue, transparency and respect in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, producers and workers. So the next time you are selecting a product produced overseas take a moment to think about how its made, who its made by, and what kind of impact its making on the environment.

Creating opportunities for disadvantaged producers

Fair trade is an effective strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Its purpose is to create opportunities for artisans who have been economically disadvantaged or marginalized by the conventional trading system.

Transparency and accountability

Fair trade involves transparent management and commercial relations to deal fairly and respectfully with partners.


Fair trade actively encourages better environmental practices and the application of responsible and sustainable methods of production.

Capacity building

Fair trade is a means to develop producers’ independence. Fair trade relationships provide continuity, during which producers and their marketing organizations can improve their management skills and their access to new markets.

Payment of a fair price

A fair price in the regional or local context is one that has been agreed through dialogue and participation. It covers not only the costs of production but enables production, which is socially just and environmentally sound. It provides fair pay to the producers and takes into account the principle of equal pay for equal work by women and men. Fair traders ensure prompt payment to their partners.

Gender equity

Fair trade means that women’s work is properly valued and rewarded. Women are always paid for their contribution to the production process and are empowered in their organizations.

Working conditions

Fair trade means a safe and healthy working environment for producer

Shirley Shivhon is the founder of SHIVHON carpets and is an NCIDQ certified interior designer with over 17 years of experience in luxury residential design. Her rug designs have been featured in national magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Interior Design, Boutique Design, Jetsetter, and Ocean Home.


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