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

11 juni, 2018 - 14:08
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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Labour exploitation is endemic in global tea and cocoa industries, international study finds

5 juni, 2018 - 09:33
  • 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:  http://bit.ly/2kHcc9S
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.

Fair Trade International Symposium 2018 in Portsmouth

1 juni, 2018 - 20:20
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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Penelope Cruz wears fair trade gold on the red carpet in Cannes

27 mei, 2018 - 15:31
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

Bananas from Senegal

26 mei, 2018 - 15:25
Copyright: RikoltoExports 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.
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How sustainable is today's cocoa?

25 mei, 2018 - 15:19
Copyright TDCAfter 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.
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