Fair Trade Attempts To End Unjust Working Conditions

Published: 11th May 2009
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In the modern world, the idea of environmental development has changed the way Individuals shop. Now more than ever, Individuals are working for the environment. A company called Fair Trade has assisted this fight by promoting environmentally friendly agricultural developments and fair working conditions. Participants in Fair Trade are forced to pay workers a set amount of money that doesnt drops below a pre-determined level. These workers, in turn, then abide by some eco-friendly standards in their development. This minimizes the injustices associated with the farming industry in the past, where the weakest and poorest are treated as badly as the soil they grow their produce in. It also allow for the products that they are growing to be more helpful to the environment than harmful.

Two of the most known Fair Trade products are coffee and chocolate.McDonald's and Starbucks are Now using a Fair Trade certified line of coffee that has been grown and produced under the Fair Trade specifications. There are also some chocolate and cocoa companies that have the Fair Trade logo and have joined the fight to end the injustices in the agricultural industry. Cocoa companies are particularly guilty of unfair working conditions as many of their workers are children who are beaten and over worked. Fair Trade is working to end that.

Fair Trade has also influenced a new company called ibuTrade. This company is an internet gift shop that encourages the use of recycled and eco-friendly products that abide by all of Fair Trade labor rules. The term "ibu" comes from Bahasa Indonesia and means mother. This is fitting as the company's motto bases itself on an emphasis on Mother World.

If Fair Trade did not have enough to do already after trying to establish justice in the working world, they also host regular events and fairs to promote their company and the idea of living environmental. The next one to come up is on World Fair Trade Day, May 9, in Sydney Australia.

Published by Aria Scherer. For more information, go to Fair Trade Fortnigh and Fair Trade Fortnigh.

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