The Fairtrade Mark is a certification
label awarded to products sourced from developing countries that meet
internationally recognised standards of fair trade. It is an international
network of different organisations which ensure that the producers of
goods receive a fair price and have healthy and safe working conditions.
Many products are also organic but this is not an essential requirement.
The number, variety and standard of Fairtrade goods available increases
year by year far beyond the original tea and coffee sold in the beginning.
Buying Fairtrade goods has made a difference
in the lives of workers and farmers living in poverty. With the extra
income they have been able to access clean water supplies and health
care, send their children to school and raise the standard of their
products and marketing. The Fairtrade movement aims to raise awareness
of the existence of Fairtrade goods, so that shoppers may seek out the
Fairtrade Mark and ask for these goods to be stocked by retailers. The
goal is that all goods eventually become fairly traded promoting justice
and peace in the world.