New! “Promoting responsible and sustainable sourcing through Fair Trade”

In this section, you may find new materials that have been published on the topic of “Promoting responsible and sustainable sourcing through Fair Trade”, since the date of the event. We continually select major new publications and articles that add up to the policy points discussed in this briefing.

Organic Trade Board approved for share of €10.4m EU funding
Fresh Plaza, 2017

The Organic Trade Board and Organic Denmark are set to receive €10.4 million’s worth of European funding over the next three years after their joint application was approved.  70% of the fund will be spent in the UK, the trade board said, with the rest being spent elsewhere. It cited figures that showed the UK’s organic market grew by 5.6% in 2016 to a value of £1.4 billion, and a share of total grocery sales of 1.8%. In contrast, the non-organic sector grew by only 0.6% in the same period.  But despite this, the country’s performance is far behind that of other European markets, including Denmark, where organic sales were up 18% in the second half of last year to account for 10% of all retail food sales. Average growth in organic sales across European countries is 9% per year.

European Commission unveils new European Fair Trade Capital Award, 12/10/2016

On the occasion of the annual European Parliament Fair Trade Breakfast, the EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has publically announced today the plan to launch a new Pan-European Fair and Ethical Trade City Award. The Fair Trade movement welcomes this new initiative and commits to support the Commission in making this Award a success. The EC “Trade for All” strategy (October 2015) includes, for the first time, a section on the promotion of Fair and Ethical Trade schemes. The EC referred in this document to the idea of a possible European-wide Fair and Ethical Trade City award, but only as a possibility. 12 months after the “Trade for All” strategy, the EU Trade Commissioner has confirmed and officially made public the new Award today. The Award´s main goals are to promote awareness amongst European citizens of Fair and Ethical Trade and to facilitate cross-country learning on the role of Local Authorities in promoting Fair and Ethical Trade. The announcement has taken place in the framework of the annual European Parliament Fair Trade breakfast, hosted by Linda McAvan, Chair of the European Parliament´s (EP) Development Committee and EP Fair Trade Working Group, together with Bernd Lange, Chair of the EP International Trade Committee. This event was attended by numerous MEPs across countries, Fair Trade movement representatives and Local Authorities committed to localising the SDGs through Fair Trade. This event has taken place in the framework of the funded “Smart Food Cities for Development” and also supported by the Trade for Development Centre in the context of Belgian Fair Trade week, an initiative of the Belgian Development Cooperation. The Fair Trade Towns movement started in Garstang (UK) when its residents self-declared Garstang as the world first Fair Trade Town in April 2000. This movement has grown since then to become a vibrant wide network of 1,800 towns committed to promoting Fair Trade at local level, via a combination of awareness-raising activities, public procurement, engagement with local private sector and engagement with civil society. “We welcome the new exciting initiative by the European Commission and commit to support the Commission in making it a success” stated Sergi Corbalan, Executive Director of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office. The Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) speaks out for Fair Trade and Trade Justice with the aim to improve the livelihoods of marginalised producers and workers in the South. The FTAO is a joint initiative of Fairtrade International, the World Fair Trade Organization-Global and the World Fair Trade Organization-Europe.

Influencing Sustainable Sourcing Decisions in Agri-Food Supply Chains
International Trade Centre, September 2016

Sustainability initiatives are more effective and efficient when they fully engage the middle tiers of supply chains. Those creating sustainability initiatives (a standards-setting organization, government or company) will find useful guidance, including corporate approaches to sustainable sourcing, the influence of sustainability standards, and case studies on how intermediaries help expand sustainable production globally.