An interesting debate is going on in the Fair trade forum I am part of. We (a committee comprising of a number of industry people from across the globe) are in the process of reviewing the fair trade & fair made principles for the global jewellery, and the following comments has been published by esteemed colleagues:
“In my experience fair trade and I include fair made as a sister to the idea is in top level terms: 'An economic response to a development requirement'.
This normally means 'for the benefit of the small producer, manufacturer, artisan etc. I appreciate this needs clarification and definition but I always see it as primarily excluding the large operators. In short I support an initiative the promotes the small over the big and maximizes returns to small business and or workers/coop owners.
Given the huge range of manufacturers out there I think at some point in the near future we may need to do some work on bringing greater definition to what we mean by small, medium and large.” – Greg Valerio
What is your take on this?