Social Issues

  • World Day Against Child Labour Children at School

    There are 151m children in child labour; that’s 151m reasons to stop the practice.

    7 June 2018 by Molly Harriss Olson

    From the food we eat to the clothes we wear, agriculture plays a major role in our everyday lives. Unfortunately, it is also the industry responsible for 108 million child labourers globally, or more than 70 percent of all child labour.

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  • Cocoa producers from CANN in the Ivory Coast

    Why the Commonwealth can mean more than medals

    16 April 2018 by Molly Harriss Olson

    Every four years, Australians are reminded of that remnant of British imperialism, the Commonwealth. And every four years, we ask ourselves the same question: is the Commonwealth really relevant?

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  • mei yeni at the hospital in Sumatra

    World Health Day: Changing health outcomes one farming community at a time

    31 March 2018 by Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand

    As we reflect on World Health Day, consider this one story of hope.

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  • Makaibari Tea Estate

    Fairtrade's Impact - How do we measure up?

    5 October 2017 by By Arisbe Mendoza Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Fairtrade International

    Have you ever seen those house makeover shows? The ones where they transform a family’s run-down, drab house into a dazzling dream home in the space of a week, and everyone marvels at the before and after pictures.

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  • Dario Soto Abril

    Fairtrade: setting our sights on the future

    20 September 2017 by Dario Soto Abril, CEO of Fairtrade International

    An opinion piece by Darío Soto Abril, Chief Executive Officer of Fairtrade International. This piece first appeared on PlanetaFuturo/ElPaís on September 19, 2017 and is reproduced with their kind permission.

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  • Back the plan

    The need for zero carbon emissions by 2050!

    29 August 2017 by Molly Harriss Olson

    Climate action will not only safeguard New Zealand’s future. It will also support vulnerable communities who are already at the frontline of climate change.

    As New Zealanders gear up for an election on Saturday 23 September, Fairtrade and 13 other aid agencies have joined forces to urge political action on climate change.

    Back the Plan: Back to Zero calls on all New Zealand political parties to establish binding climate legislation and a Zero Carbon Act.

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  • Fairtrade tea

    Transforming trade to transforming lives - What does it take?

    24 August 2017 by Molly Harriss Olson, CEO Fairtrade ANZ

    The Asia Pacific is often called the world’s economic powerhouse, and for good reason. The world’s most rapidly developing region is being transformed by population growth, a rising middle class and an explosion of economic activity. Governments and businesses view it as the global epicentre for development and, let’s be honest, the centre of potential commercial profits.

    Global management consultant McKinsey has tracked the centre of the world’s economic activity, finding that it is shifting south and east towards Asia at a rate faster than at any time in human history.

    As we know, trade is a central part of this economic movement and can be a force for good – or not. This explosive economic development comes at a price. An estimated 600 million people in Asia Pacific live in poverty – that’s more than half the world’s poor. More than 490 million are undernourished and another 11.5 million – or 56% of the global total for this metric – are trapped in modern forms of slavery.


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