We Auzzies Love a Fair Go. Lets Go Fairtrade

We Auzzies Love a Fair Go. Lets Go Fairtrade

We Auzzies Love a Fair Go. Lets Go Fairtrade

Lets Give Fairtrade a Fair Go!

Living in Australia, we are blessed with endless opportunities. We are taught that if you work hard and work smart in life, success will not be far behind.

Less can be said about third world or war torn countries such as Africa, or developing countries such as India. Education is scarce, food is minimal…… but cheap labour is plenty.

So as business owners, we must be thinking – how do we exploit and discriminate to make an extra buck for our wallets. Simple! We give them a poor working environment and we pay them close to nothing for their hard labour, milking all their life and energy.

Is this injustice? Off course it is! They are born into an environment where they will never get the chance of proper education or to excel in their field of work. So is greater justice in this world possible? How can businesses be successful yet also put its people and workers first?

That’s where the heroes of the Fairtrade organization comes in.


 

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the third world nations. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices, Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers.

Although we are still a long way from bridging the enormous gap between the education, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade, these baby steps enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers

Here are some recent Fairtrade to dwell upon:

– Retail sales of Fairtrade Certified products in Australia and New Zealand increased by 58% between 2008 and 2009 to over AU$50 million.
Tea sales grew almost 100% and chocolate sales rose by more than 50%.

– Tea sales growing by a further 100% to AU$6 million in retail sales in 2009

– Coffee remains the most purchased Fairtrade product in Australia making up 76% of total Fairtrade retail sales

– In July 2010 the number of Fairtrade licensed businesses across both countries increased to 233.

– The spectacular growth in Australian tea sales during 2008 (270%)

– Asia-Pacific region imports more than 1200% coffee beans to over 753 tonnes in 2009

The Fairtrade network is expanding, each year, more and more Fairtrade Certified products are becoming available in Australia ranging from coffee, tea, chocolates, cotton, sugar, rice and even sporting goods such as soccer and basketballs.

This growth in product range has been supported by mainstream retailers and suppliers seeing the potential of Fairtrade such as Coles, Corporate Express, ALDI, Starbucks, Jamaica Blue, Woolworths/Safeway, New World and more. In 2010 Cadbury and Whittakers announced their commitments to Fairtrade with the introduction of the Fairtrade Certified Cadbury Dairy Milk milk chocolate range, and large Creamy Milk blocks respectively.

Lets Be Fair. We Auzzies Love to a ‘Fair Go’. Lets go Fairtrade and give the people less fortunate a chance in life.

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