This is an article taken from the New Internationalist site, a website which is well worth visiting.
We'd like to share with you a few of the reasons we're so enthusiastic about our Fair Trade partnerships, and why we're eager to have your ongoing support. We're doing all we can to build positive Fair Trade relationships with producer groups around the world. But without your custom, the lifeline of hope is broken. Here are 3 reasons why your support is important.
1. Aid through trade is best
Handouts to impoverished communities can become "sit-down money" that stifles initiative and self-help. But a trading relationship encourages self-reliance. Fair Trade takes it a step further by guaranteeing a fair price for producers. Your purchase of Fair Trade items helps ensure craft skills are handed on to the next generation.
2. Loosen the grip of the multinationals
Every dollar spent with a Fair Trade Organization (FTO) instead of a mega-corporation helps bring power back into the hands of people who need it most. New Internationalist is a registered FTO, and we give top priority to selecting goods for you that are produced by our partner FTOs around the world.
3. Eco-friendly and child-friendly
Sustainable production is a high priority for Fair Trade Organizations; care for the local environment is just one of ten standards that FTOs have to comply with. FTOs are also required to meet international standards on child labour and forced labour. You can read more about Fair Trade here.