World Fair Trade Day is celebrated on the 8th of May, 2021 and the World Fair Trade Organisation is calling on us to ‘Build Back Fairer’. This is a day where we can reflect on our purchasing and procurement policies and see what are the practical ways we can support ethical and fair trade practices. Catholic organisations such as Ethica and
“We’ve known for a long time that something is wrong with how trade works. Our trade structures and practices are designed in a way that benefits the most powerful…who hold the power in supply chains and set the terms of international trade. Meanwhile small farmers, artisans and workers have been left vulnerable to exploitation and struggle to earn living incomes and wages.”
COVID-19 exasperated these differences, and the World Fair Trade Organisation is calling for the world to transform and ‘Build Back Fairer’ to deal with the underlying exploitation of people and climate at the heart of destruction of nature, deforestation, climate and health crises.
‘Build Back Fairer’ is the theme of World Trade Fair Day and is taken from the Build Back Fairer Statement released in Sept 2020. This a day where we can reflect on our purchasing and procurement power and plan ways we can support ethical and fair trade practices.
On World Trade Fair Day, be sure to buy fair trade products available at supermarkets, looking for the fair trade logo or online for example, at Ethica, the Fair Trade social enterprise of Mary MacKillop Today.
For more information on World Trade Fair Day and the Build Back Fairer Statement go here.
Taken from the Office for Social Justice (OSJ) Social Justice Calendar (www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au)