World Fair Trade Day 2012: Recap of the Winners
Earlier this month, the fair trade community celebrated World Fair Trade Day 2012. On the second Saturday in May each year, events are held in over 80 countries to celebrate the benefits of fair trade, and awards are given to the most deserving businesses and non-profits. More than 2100 people voted to select winners in five categories, honoring their dedication to fair practices. The winners this year were:
Most Posistive Change in a Producer Community: Ten Thousand Villages USA
Outstanding Long-Term Commitment to Producers: SERRV
Best Support of the Fair Trade Movement: Equal Exchange
Most Effective Public Education Program: Ten Thousand Villages Canada
Most Effective Advocacy for Trade Policy Reform: Oxfam America
Photosource:Fair Trade Resource Network
These awards are fantastic and support the movement toward sustainable practices and fair wages for everyone working around the world. Unfortunately, none of the winners this year was from the apparel industry. While we hope this will change in the coming years, there are several clothing companies that are doing a great job supporting fair trade principles.
In particular, Indigenous Designs is doing its part to support a fair and sustainable world. This eco-fashion brand is stylish while being “committed to providing premium fair trade and organic clothing,” for over 15 years. The company is a Fair Trade USA affiliate, and offers beautiful clothing that we can all feel good about wearing.
To check out more on the fair trade movement and what happened this year (2012) as part o worldwide events in May as well as what is happening every day, visit the Fair Trade Resource Network, an information hub designed to grow the fair trade movement.