SLOVAK non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are planning to offer chocolate and coffee to mark World Fair Trade Day, May 9, to anyone buying Fair Trade goods which support growers and producers.
The Slovak Fair Trade tasting will take place at the Avion Shopping Centre in Bratislava between May 8 and 10.
“Fair Trade shows us that customers are not obsessed with hunting for the cheapest goods," Viliam Šandor, spokesperson for the Integra Foundation, an NGO, told the SITA newswire.
"It reminds us that trade is about people, about their living conditions, their families and often about their survival,” he added.
Fair Trade is the brand used to market goods sold under rules and conditions which – when fulfilled – guarantee the consumer that the product or raw material so labelled has been produced without suppression of human rights as defined by the UN, without pollution or natural degradation, and that growers or producers have been paid a fair wage.
Under the scheme, the prices paid for farmers’ products are fixed and not subject to market swings.
This price difference – described as a social premium – is intended to allow growers and producers from developing countries to build schools and wells, obtain education and improve their standards of health care.
11. May 2009 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports