What is Fair Trade?
Most people in the Third World could earn a living for themselves and their families if they were given a fair chance. Too often they are denied that opportunity by unjust trading systems that benefit us and not them. Trade barriers, Third World debt and exploitative middlemen keep the poorest workers trapped in their poverty. Today, over a billion people live on less than a dollar a day, and half the world's population are living on less than two dollars a day.
Many consumers realise that wealth is unequally distributed and that goods from developing countries are often sold at prices that do not afford their producers a decent standard of living. Fair Trade is one way of fighting poverty. Fair Trade makes it possible to shop with a difference and make a direct impact on the lives and well being of Third World producers.
Southampton Fairtrade News
Southampton City Council catering services for all civic buildings are now Fairtrade! All tea, coffee and sugar served through internal hospitality arrangements are officially recognised Fairtrade brands. This fulfils an important objective of the Fairtrade strategy that was adopted by the council in June 2003 to contribute to the Southampton Fairtrade City campaign.