Monday, June 11, 2018

Complaint lodged against the European Commission for failing to uphold fundamental human rights in trade policy

Source : Clean clothes Campaign

"The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), and the HEC-NYU EU Public Interest Clinic have today filed a formal complaint with the European Ombudsman. The labour rights organizations claim the European Commission is not taking into account its human rights obligations regarding trade policies towards Bangladesh, and is not transparent about doing so."

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Labour exploitation is endemic in global tea and cocoa industries, international study finds

  • International study shows forced labour is widespread in global tea and cocoa supply chains feeding European markets
  • Ethical certification schemes are failing to combat forced labour in tea and cocoa supply chains
  • Large scale reforms are needed from governments, global corporations, certification organisations, and industry auditors to eradicate forced labour – including living wages and strong enforcement of labour standards.
The study:
This study was directed by Professor Genevieve LeBaron
Co-Director of SPERI at Sheffield University and Co-Chair, of  the Yale University Modern Slavery Working Group.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Fair Trade International Symposium 2018 in Portsmouth

The 6th Fair Trade International Symposium (FTIS) will be held in Portsmouth 26-28 June 2018

Theme of this symposium: Fair Trade and the SDGs: Investigating the fairness of sustainable development

The aim of the conference is to investigate the ethics and practice of fairness that constitute the processes, goals and indicators of sustainable development.

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Penelope Cruz wears fair trade gold on the red carpet in Cannes

The actress stepped onto the red carpet in Cannes wearing two pieces from her new fine jewelry collection with Atelier Swarovski — matching earrings and a ring in white 18-karat fair trade gold set with Swarovski lab-created diamonds and lab-created rubies.

The collection served as an announcement of Atelier Swarovski’s decision to create all of its pieces with responsibly sourced gold. Cruz will launch the entire sustainable line during Paris Haute Couture Week in July.

Source: Hollywood Reporter, 9/5/18

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Bananas from Senegal

Copyright: Rikolto
Exports of – organic and fair trade – bananas from Senegal to Belgium have been announced a few times already, but considerable obstacles still remain between Tambacounda and the Colruyt stores.

Despite the potential of the farmers’ organisations and the commitment of different partners – like the Trade for Development Centre - it remains difficult to deliver quality and quantity for a difficult product such as bananas.

Friday, May 25, 2018

How sustainable is today's cocoa?

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After the cocoa industry was blamed for the many child labour scandals and because cocoa producers were being paid prices that were far too low, large chocolate companies took initiatives to improve the sustainability. What is the current situation, particularly after the cocoa price on the world market dropped significantly last year?

Even while market conditions are tough, across cocoa-producing regions cooperatives resolutely choose for sustainable or organic production and fair trade. Twenty of these cooperatives are supported by the Trade for Development Centre (TDC). To put a face on their endeavours, we visited Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire as well as Bolivia and Vietnam.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Berlin Declaration of the Fourth World Cocoa Conference

Following input from about 1,500 stakeholders (TDC was part of them) who attended the Fourth World Cocoa Conference in Berlin, the Berlin Declaration was published on April 25.
“Business as usual in the cocoa sector is no longer an option. We have to break the mould.” Dr. Jean-Marc Anga, Executive Director of the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), in the keynote speech opening the fourth World Cocoa Conference in Berlin, April 2018.

Monday, April 16, 2018

EFICO Group to support World Coffee Research Global Coffee Monitoring Program

The EFICO Group announces a US$90,000 contribution to World Coffee Research. This commitment supports the industry-backed, nonprofit R&D organization to bring improved varieties and climate-smart agronomy approaches to farmers.

EFICO’s contribution via its Foundation will support a global network of farmer field trials—called the Global Coffee Monitoring Program—to test which combinations of improved varieties and climate-smart farming practices deliver the most profit to the farmer. The approach is innovative on multiple fronts: testing improved technologies on a farmer’s own land and not in a research station, prioritizing farmer profitability and return on investment, and working together with farmers, exporters, NGOs, and governments to implement the trials.

In supporting WCR’s program, EFICO proactively seeks for long term solutions towards farmers’ resilience and profitability, climate change and sustainable and productive coffee landscapes , ” says EFICO Group CEO Michel Germanès. “Research-based field trials and knowledge transfer are essential to enhance the transition to a more sustainable coffee future. This will benefit all actors in the supply chain, with coffee farming communities at the forefront.”

EFICO is supporting a minimum of 12 sites in Guatemala and Honduras which will return data for at least 5 years. In 2018, WCR expects 180 farm trials will be installed.
By 2022 the full network will have nearly 1,200 trials ongoing.

For more information about World Coffee Research and its programs, please visit

For more information about Efico and Efico Foundation:

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Saint Lucia's Fairtrade Organization addresses "misinformation" over banana packaging


"The National Fairtrade Organization (St Lucia Inc.) is concerned about the growing debate and general misinformation circulating in the country regarding the use of IFCO (Plastic) Trays for the packaging of bananas to the United Kingdom Market."

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