Where now for fair trade?

Author: 
Bob Dohertya, Iain A. Daviesb and Sophi Tranchell.
Publication Date: 
2012
Summary: 
This paper critically examines the discourse surrounding fair trade mainstreaming, and discusses the potential avenues for the future of the social movement.
Abstract: 
This paper critically examines the discourse surrounding fair trade mainstreaming, and discusses the potential avenues for the future of the social movement. The authors have a unique insight into the fair trade market having a combined experience of over 30 years in practice and 15 as fair trade scholars. The paper highlights a number of benefits of mainstreaming, not least the continued growth of the global fair trade market (tipped to top $7bn in 2012). However, the paper also highlights the negative consequences of mainstreaming on the long-term viability of fair trade as a credible ethical standard.