We'd like to share with you a few of the reasons we're so enthusiastic about our Fair Trade partnerships, and why we're eager to have your ongoing support. We're doing all we can to build positive Fair Trade relationships with producer groups in Australia and around the world. But without your custom, the lifeline of hope is broken. Here are 3 reasons why your support is important.
Handouts to impoverished communities can become "sit-down money" that stifles initiative and self-help. But a trading relationship encourages self-reliance. Fair Trade takes it a step further by guaranteeing a fair price for producers. Your purchase of Fair Trade items helps ensure craft skills are handed on to the next generation.
Every dollar spent with a Fair Trade Organization (FTO) instead of a mega-corporation helps bring power back into the hands of people who need it most. New Internationalist is a registered FTO, and we give top priority to selecting goods for you that are produced by FTOs around the world.
Sustainable production is a high priority for Fair Trade Organizations; care for the local environment is just one of ten standards that FTOs have to comply with. FTOs are also required to meet international standards on child labour and forced labour. You can read more about Fair Trade here.
A little about Asha Handicrafts: Asha Handicrafts provides the security of markets to small scale artisan workshops around India, like ANSA, the soapnut harvesters in Tamil Nadu.
New Internationalist Australia is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization, which means we have to stock a percentage of Fair Trade products, and also adhere to Fair Trade practices ourselves. Great for supporting producers rights, and also for our staff.
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