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Changing Big Business

The Globalisation of the Fair Trade Movement

Anna Hutchens

Drawing on candid accounts from practitioners, producers and industry representatives, this informative and proactive volume investigates the challenges facing today’s fair trade movement and provides unique insights into the workings of social and economic power in world markets.
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Appendix: Fair trade on the political agenda

Anna Hutchens


1 2006 ● ● ● The European Parliament adopts a resolution on Fair Trade, recognizing the benefits achieved by the Fair Trade movement, suggesting the development of an EU-wide policy on Fair Trade, defining criteria that need to be fulfilled under Fair Trade to protect it from abuse and calling for greater support to Fair Trade (EP resolution ‘Fair Trade and development’, 6 July 2006). The French chapter of ISO (AFNOR) adopts a reference document on Fair Trade after five years of discussion. A Fair Trade Law is being discussed in Belgium. 2005 ● ● ● ● ● ● Fair Trade Fair and Symposium in Hong Kong held during WTO’s 6th Ministerial Conference in December. Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on Ethical Trade and Consumer Assurance Schemes, focusing on the need to protect consumers against misleading ethical claims (REX/196, 27 October 2005). A law is passed in France, proposing to establish a Commission to recognize Fair Trade Organizations (article 60 of law no. 2005-882, Small and Medium Enterprises, 2 August 2005). Communication from the European Commission on ‘Policy Coherence for Development – Accelerating progress towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals’ (COM(2005) 134 final, 12.04.2005). Fair Trade is mentioned as ‘a tool for poverty reduction and sustainable development’. The European Parliament serves exclusively Fair Trade coffee and tea at meetings. French Deputy, Mr. Antoine Herth, issues the report ‘40 proposals to sustain the development of Fair Trade’. 206 Appendix 207 2004 ● ● The European Union adopts the ‘Agricultural Commodity Chains, Dependence and Poverty – A...

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