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The innovation of the fair trade movement to foster sustainability aims: a review of fair trade social responsibility and sustainability reports


Ribeiro-Duthie, AC and Gale, F and Murphy-Gregory, H, The innovation of the fair trade movement to foster sustainability aims: a review of fair trade social responsibility and sustainability reports, Simposio Mundial de Sustentabilidade, Conferencia Internacional Bridge 2019, 17-19 September, Brazil ISSN 2316-3038 (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Much of the awareness in society towards sustainable development objectives has been fostered by United Nations (UN) programmes, non-governmental organisations and social movements they have inspired. Within the stream of social change occurred after the second world war, fair trade initiative innovated as a social movement by offering an international trade model to make difference in producers’ lives. Mainstream fair trade organisations carried social responsibility values of addressing targets such as poverty alleviation; reducing market inequalities NorthSouth; protecting environment; enabling fair work conditions; promoting responsible consumption and production; ensuring food security. Given these objectives, fair trade movement can be aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by UN in 2015; and with the triple bottom line of sustainability. Those synergies can be demonstrated across fair trade organisations’ social responsibility and sustainability reports. Materials and methods of this paper included a review of the corporate social responsibility and sustainability reports of the mainstream fair trade organisations from 2000 to date. Findings show a consistency among terms common to the fair trade reported aims and the SDGs. A comparative analysis indicates the spectrum of sustainability topics progressively addressed by the fair trade movement since at least 2000. This review may contribute to guide government policies and socially focused businesses to foster sustainability goals through innovations within food systems.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:sustainability, social responsibility, fair trade, food systems, social change
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Sustainable agricultural development
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:International trade policy
Objective Field:International trade policy not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Ribeiro-Duthie, AC (Mrs Ana Ribeiro-Duthie)
UTAS Author:Gale, F (Professor Fred Gale)
UTAS Author:Murphy-Gregory, H (Dr Hannah Murphy-Gregory)
ID Code:135316
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-10-12
Last Modified:2021-04-14
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