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The innovation of the fair trade movement to foster sustainability


Ribeiro-Duthie, AC and Gale, F and Murphy-Gregory, H, The innovation of the fair trade movement to foster sustainability, Revista Gestao & Sustentabilidade Ambiental: Proceedings of the 2020 World Symposium on Sustainability, 17-19 September 2019, Florianopolis/Palhoca Santa Catarina, Brazil, pp. 996-1010. ISSN 2238-8753 (2020) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.19177/rgsa.v9e02020996-1010


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 producersí lives. Mainstream fair trade organisations carried social responsibility values of addressing targets such as poverty alleviation; reducing market inequalities North-South; 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 organisationsí 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, to attain a sustainable agriculture and rural development.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:sustainability, social responsibility reports, fair trade, trade innovation, food systems, social change
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Other Indigenous studies
Research Field:Other Indigenous studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards 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:140484
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-08-23
Last Modified:2021-03-25

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