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It’s World Fair Trade Day – Get out and support a local event near you!

World Fair Trade Day (WFTD) – 10 May 2014 – is a wonderful time to be inspired by the great work that many mission-driven companies are doing to support a just economy. Celebrated on the second Saturday of May every year, it is a day for a global celebration of the fair trade mission, bringing together thousands committed to building healthy and sustainable communities worldwide, with events held across the world.

As an inclusive worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade, World Fair Trade Day is meant to mark the importance of the fight against poverty and exploitation, climate change and the economic crisis that has the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations. The global crisis confirms the need for a fair and sustainable economy locally and globally. Trade must benefit the most vulnerable and deliver sustainable livelihoods by developing opportunities for small and disadvantaged producers. Millions of producers and traders, businesses and policy makers, supporting organizations and volunteers have contributed to the substantial growth of Fair Trade globally.

(For more information on Fair Trade VS. Free Trade and the importance of being conscientious about what you buy, see here)

“Fair Trade was established to enable producers, especially the smaller ones, to improve their livelihoods in a sustainable fashion. With the support of conscientious consumers, Fair Trade has grown to become a sustainable solution to fight poverty and economic crisis. Today, Fair Trade impacts not only producers but all of us. Fair Trade is a movement of the people, by the people and for the people.” Natália Leal, WFTO Chief Executive

There are several ways you can help support World Fair Trade Day:

– Use the World Fair Trade Day web app and be a Fair Trade Person

– Share your photos on all your social media channels using hashtags #FairTrade and #WFTDay

– Organise a World Fair Trade Day event in your community and publicise your event on the World Fair Trade Day website

– Take part in a local fair trade event, buy Fair Trade products and be a Fair Trade consumer

Also see the World Fair Trade Day 2014 Activities Guide

World Fair Trade Organisation: http://www.wfto.com/..

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