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"Fair Trade" is an organized social movement and market-based approach to empowering developing country producers and promoting environmental sustainability. The movement advocates the payment of a fair price as well as social and environmental standards in areas related to the production of a wide variety of good. It focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries, including coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas, honey, handicrafts, wine, cotton, fresh fruit and flowers.
The goal of Fair Trade is to consciously work with marginalized producers and workers in order to help them escape their vulnerable status to gain economic self-sufficiency and security. It empowers them to become stakeholders in their own organizations and to actively play a significant role in the global scene to achieve fairness in international trade. Fair trade proponents include a wide array of international development aid, social, religious and environmental organizations. Including One Biosphere and several others.
In 2007, Fair trade certified worldwide sales amounted to U.S. $3.62 billion, a 47% year over year increase. Although this is only a fraction of world merchandise trade, fair trade products generally account for 1-20% of all sales in their product categories in North America and Europe. By June 2008, it was estimated that over 7.5 million disadvantaged manufacturers and their families have benefited from fair trade sponsored infrastructure, technical assistance and community development projects.
We, at One Biosphere, are committed to this kinship, community program for its dual social and environmental benefits. In that regard, we are offering products that benefit the disadvantaged groups in the program.
Your membership will also help advance environmentally and socially conscious products and improve the lives of small farmers who are helping make our biosphere sustainable. Our partners offer organic and fair trade products.