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Book review: Changing Big Business

By Anna Hutchens Guest contributor: Cheryl Kernot Changing Big Business: The Globalisation of the Fair Trade Movement is a first rate contribution to international discourse on the movement’s continuing evolution. It is authored by Australian, Dr Anna Hutchens, the Director of the Fair Trade Program, Centre for Governance, Knowledge and Development at ANU. As Chair of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand I express my shared interest in the topic.  In content … Continue reading

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Reconciling Profits and Ethics

By Dr Fanny Salignac                                                                                                       University of Sydney, 2011 Guest contributor: Tracy Wilcox In her timely and important thesis The Institutionalization of Fairtrade: Reconciling Profit-Seeking with Ethical-Seeking Behaviour, researcher Fanny Salignac draws on a comprehensive study of Fairtrade at the coalface to bring us a rich and vivid understanding of how Fairtrade is enacted in practice; from the perspective of  key players in the ‘Western’ world (the North) and, perhaps more importantly, the ‘developing’ world  (the … Continue reading

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Facts and Figures

By Jean-Marie Krier In the report Fair Trade 2007: new facts and figures from an ongoing success story. A report on Fair Trade in 33 consumer countries, Jean-Marie Krier provides one of the most comprehensive Fair Trade reviews, collecting data and building on national case studies in 33 countries. It is worth pointing out that the report is prepared by Krier on behalf of the Dutch Association of Worldshops (Netherlands) and its focus is therefore … Continue reading

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Fair Trade in India

By Saumya Roy, Shloka Nath Forbes India’s focus for this July 2010 article is the expansion of the certification scheme in the Indian market. This article is of particular interest as it focuses on one of the core foundations of the Fairtrade certification scheme: the differentiation between producing and consuming countries. In line with Fairtrade’s central aim, farmers are strictly located in developing countries: the producing countries. Typically, Fairtrade labelling initiatives (e.g. Fairtrade Labelling Australia … Continue reading

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Urgency and Necessity

By Francisco VanderHoff Boersma; Journal of Business Ethics, Volume 86, Supplement 1 (2009) As I re-read the paper The Urgency and Necessity of a Different type of Market: The Perspective of Producers Organized Within the Fair Trade Market  I was reminded how much I liked it the first time. My initial reading of Francisco VanderHoff Boersma’s paper was in the very early days of my PhD research. I was attempting not to drown in a … Continue reading

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The Institutionalisation of Fair Trade

By Corinne Gendron, Veronique Bisaillon, Ana Isabel Otero Rance; Journal of Business Ethics , Volume 86 (1) , Springer Journals – Apr 1, 2009 I chose to review the paper: The Institutionalisation of Fair Trade: More than Just a Degraded Form of Social Action for its neutral and informative approach to Fair Trade. Gendron et al’s research looks at Fairtrade’s development by introducing the concept of institutionalisation. It is important to note, however, that such … Continue reading

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Ethical Objections to Fairtrade

By Peter Griffiths; www.griffithspeaker.com and The Journal of Business Ethics (July 2011) I believe to express an opinion one needs to thoroughly understand both sides of the argument, only then can one formulate an informed argument. I chose to review this paper to present the other side of the argument: the one I do not share. My travels to Vietnam and India interviewing Fairtrade farmers, families and cooperatives have convinced me this argument is wrong. … Continue reading

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Issue 14: Winter 2012: Fair Trade (the movement) and Fairtrade (the label)

Fairtrade’s roots can be traced back as far as 50 years ago, anchored in a mixture of charity and solidarity, and what has become known as the Fair Trade movement. Before looking deeper into the topic of                 Fairtrade, I would like to establish an important distinction the public may not have yet fully grasped: the distinction between Fair Trade (2 words) and Fairtrade (1 word): Fair Trade is a … Continue reading

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Towards moral capitalism

by Stephen Young, in The World that Changes the World: How Philanthropy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship are Transforming the Social Ecosystem, edited by W. Cheng, S. Mohamed; John Wiley and Sons, 2010 CSR plays a vital role in ensuring that corporate interests align with the broader social and environmental interests of the community in which businesses operate.  However the basis for CSR and what it entails is not well agreed among the players in the economy.  … Continue reading

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Working with CSR in Brazilian companies

“Working with CSR in Brazilian companies: The Role of Managers’ Values in the Maintenance of Culture”, by Fernanda Duarte. Journal of Business Ethics, Volume 96, Number 3, Pages 355-368. Spring 2010 Corporate social responsibility (CSR) refers to the duty of management to consider and respond to issues beyond the organisation’s economic and legal requirements, in line with social and environmental values.  However “management” is real people responsible for making decisions and formulating and implementing policies. Duarte … Continue reading

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