About: fair trade

Economy & Jobs 11-10-2019

Fair enough? The EU’s guilty neglect of fair trade

EU policy makers need to stop conflating free trade with fair trade and instead promote trade deals and radical trade reforms that will genuinely deliver trade justice, write Jan Orbie and Deborah Martens.
Economy & Jobs 24-10-2018

Ecuador to rally banana exporters to fight hard discounter Aldi

Ecuador, the world's largest banana exporter, is urging Latin American producers to fight German hard discounter supermarket chain Aldi's bid to pay one euro less per case in 2019.
Agrifood 18-07-2017

EU, Brazil propose farm subsidies overhaul to help developing countries

The European Union and Brazil yesterday (17 July) proposed to the World Trade Organization a reform of farm subsidies in order to "level the playing field" for emerging economies, an EU statement said.
Brexit 26-06-2017

UK to maintain duty-free access for developing countries after Brexit

The United Kingsom said it will maintain duty-free access to its markets once it has left the European Union for goods from nearly 50 developing countries including Bangladesh, Sierra Leone and Haiti.
Development Policy 19-08-2016

How the UN could support SDGs with shared value

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) make little sense if the purchasing power of the farmers who produce coffee, cocoa or tea is disregarded, writes Fernando Morales-de la Cruz in an open letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Development Policy 30-05-2016

Fair trade advocate: ‘Fair Trade Town label brings a lot of marketing’

The fair trade of local goods can benefit local areas economically and socially. Now, as the Summer Olympiad arrives in town and the world watches, Rio de Janeiro seeks to be the next “Fair Trade Town”. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Development Policy 11-05-2016

Fair trade, heat-resistant chocolate is winning recipe for Togo

Organic, fair trade chocolate has proved popular in recent years, especially with ethically-minded Western consumers keen to give cocoa farmers around the world a better deal.
Development Policy 14-01-2016

Gerd Müller: Withholding knowledge is ‘akin to murder’

Before International Green Week, Germany's Minister for Development, Gerd Müller, called for a "new dimension of development cooperation" on world hunger,  to better tackle the refugee crisis. He spoke to EURACTIV’s partner Tagesspiegel.
Development Policy 09-12-2015

EU aims to crack down on unsustainable palm oil and illegal logging

In the next five years, the major European players, including Germany, want palm oil production to become 100% sustainable and to see an end to illegal logging. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Development Policy 06-11-2015

Mediterranean embraces eco start-ups

In the Mediterranean region, ecological and sustainable initiatives are being started by innovative individuals. It is hoped their business practices and efforts will trickle-down to society itself. EURACTIV's partner El País - Planeta Futuro reports.

Hogan: Empowering women farmers in developing countries is ‘absolutely crucial’

SPECIAL REPORT/ In a wide-ranging exclusive interview, Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan shared his vision of how the EU and developing countries could greatly improve global food security togther, through innovation and sustainable farming practices.
Development Policy 31-08-2015

Drink coffee, change the world

How many cents per cup of coffee consumed in developed nations help eradicate poverty in coffee growing regions? The answer is shocking, writes Fernando Morales-de la Cruz.
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Development Policy 23-07-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: Curbing illicit financial flows is a resource for Africa

Over the last 50 years, Africa is estimated to have lost in excess of $1 trillion in illicit financial flows (IFFs). This sum is roughly equivalent to all of the official development assistance (ODA) received by Africa during the same timeframe. Currently, Africa is estimated to be losing more than $50 billion annually in IFFs.
Development Policy 23-07-2015

Thai seafood products could be banned, warns MEP

A prominent lawmaker from the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries told EURACTIV he would support giving a “red card” to Thailand, meaning banning the import of its fisheries products, if illegal fishing isn't curbed, and if the practice of using slave labour is not abandoned.
Agrifood 08-07-2015

Europe’s coffee trade: Grounds for reform?

Coffee is one of the most traded commodities in the world. 1.6 billion cups are consumed every day and the global market is worth 64 billion euros. But do coffee farmers get a fair share of the profits?
Development Policy 10-06-2015

The EU-CELAC ‘Partnership’ fails the coffee test

The value chain behind a cup of coffee provides a striking example that, in spite of all beautiful words about EU’s commitment to development aid, this business amounts to rude exploitation, writes Fernando Morales-de la Cruz.
Development Policy 13-05-2015

Record growth for German fair trade products

German consumers spent considerably more money on fair trade products last year, with only British customers spending more in the EU, ahead of the introduction of a pioneer fair trade label on sustainable clothes in the Federal Republic. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Development Policy 31-03-2015

EU aims for global standards against slave labour and exploitation

T-shirts for €4.95 and bananas at €1 per kilo – such prices often disguise unsafe working conditions and labor exploitation, inspiring EU Development Commissioner Mimica, and the German government, to push for an end such abuses. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Health 07-05-2013

French fair-trade sector seeks revival after crisis dip

France’s appetite for fair-trade products lags behind European counterparts, with the sector turning increasingly to producers in the developing world for a recovery solution, EURACTIV France and Germany report.
Trade & Society 24-11-2006

EU’s trade policy ‘on trial’

A staged court session adjourned on 23 November after a split jury failed either to acquit or to condemn EU trade policy against accusations that it exacerbates poverty in the third world and contributes to the destruction of the environment.

Commission to promote ‘decent work’ in the world

The Commission will issue a Communication in support of basic worker rights for workers all over the world. Commissioner Spidla says it will not be used for protectionism. 
Trade & Society 23-06-2003

Rupert Schlegelmilch, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Trade

On the occasion of the international fair trade conference hosted by the King Baudouin Foundation on 28 May 2003, Mr Schlegelmilch said the Commission supports fair trade initiatives and it is making an effort to find ways in the world trading system to ensure that fair trade products remain competitive.

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