By | 09 May 2023 at 3:09 PM
Fair Trade Day 2023: Date, History, How to Observe Fair Trade Day

On May 13, Fair Trade Day will recognise the movement for a world in which all labourers are compensated more equitably for the work they perform and the goods they produce. Fair trade seeks to create a more equitable and positive working environment for global labourers. Numerous labourers who produce some of the world’s most lucrative products, such as coffee, clothing, and chocolate, live in abject poverty and earn excruciatingly low compensation. Fair Trade attempts to alter this situation. The movement is an actionable step towards reducing global poverty, worker exploitation, climate issues, and economic constraints. In 2004, the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) declared that the holiday would be observed on the second Saturday of every May. The holiday consists of festivals and other events held around the globe to recognise the significance of fair trade and encourage others to join the fight.

The background of Fair Trade Day

When workers are fairly compensated, they and their families are able to live improved lives. This results in a healthier global community, which benefits everyone. The fight for fair trade is an eye-opening example of some of the many other injustices in the world and what can be done to ameliorate them.Each package of coffee beans we bring home from the grocery store may have been stocked with the assistance of labourers who were underpaid. It is very easy to consume mindlessly in the modern world, but it is always essential to consider where our products come from. Behind every pair of jeans, packet of tea, and collection of candy bars on a store shelf is a group of hardworking individuals. It is our global responsibility to ensure that these labourers work in secure conditions and are adequately compensated to support their families.Companies that do not adhere to fair trade standards frequently produce products at an unsustainable rate, causing severe environmental harm. Respect for the environment is a central tenet of fair trade, which is especially crucial in light of climate change.

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Buy ethical trade products

The next time you need to make a purchase at a local supermarket, ensure that the product is certified as fair trade. If local stores do not carry fair trade products, encourage them to do so and explain the benefits of the movement.

Post a selfie

The World Fair Trade Organisation encourages everyone celebrating the holiday to post a collective selfie with the hashtags #FairTradeDay and #AgentForChange. You can participate by assembling your friends (and perhaps some of your favourite fair trade products), printing out images provided by WFTO, and posing for a photo. WFTO may share your images on their social media platforms after you post them. WFTO believes that, “together, hand in hand,” we can create a more equitable world, so it is only appropriate to share a photo of locked hands.

Attend a local fair trade event

Fair Trade Day is commemorated by communities across the globe with events that draw attention to food and artisanal goods produced through fair trade initiatives. Find a local event and invite a friend with you! You can even host or organise your own fair trade activity or event in your area if you feel so inclined. Every small action serves to increase awareness.


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