14 May 2022

World Fair Trade Day - 14 May.

The World Fair Trade Day is a global celebration on the second Saturday of May. It is organised annually by the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) to raise awareness on alternative solutions to the planet’s economic and ecological challenges. Fair Trade Enterprises lead the celebration together with the sister movements, allies, government leaders and consumers. The 2022 celebration focuses on Climate Justice and the solutions presented by the Fair Trade, cooperative and organic movements. The ecological and social justice crisis we are currently facing must be address with fresh solutions. Together we can make a difference.

Producers, shoppers, advocates, and companies from around the world make up the fair trade movement. All of the people involved in this movement work together to build a more equitable form of trade. The movement began in the United States following WWII. The goal of the fair trade movement was to connect small-scale producers to global markets. In 1989, the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) was born. Today, over a million small-scale producers in 76 countries are a part of the WFTO.

During the beginning years of fair trading, handmade crafts were some of the most popular items produced and sold. Coffee also became an item that was popular in the fair trading world. Other fair trade items include spices, sugar, wine, flowers, furniture, gold, cotton, and tea.

In 1996, the Network of European Shops (NEWS!) established the European World Shops Day. The WFTO, which at the time was called the International Federation of Alternative Trade (IFAT), expanded the initiative to other continents. The first World Fair Trade Day was held on May 4, 2002. The day is now observed on the second Saturday in May.

World Fair Trade Day 2022 theme: Climate Justice.

Source: https://wfto.com

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