Localizing the SDG's Through Fair Trade
The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals aim to end poverty ‘in all its forms, everywhere’, while leaving no-one behind. While all SDGs are relevant for Fair Trade, Fair Trade has a role in promoting the following ones:
- SDG1 (no poverty) and SDG2 (zero hunger) Trading terms offered by Fair Trade buyers enable producers and workers to maintain a sustainable livelihood. Fair Trade also enables buyers to trade with producers that would otherwise be excluded from traditional markets.
- SDG 5 (gender equality) Fair Trade provides opportunities for women in skilled occupations or in leadership positions. Women receive equal pay to men for equivalent work, and fully participate in decisions concerning the use of benefits accruing from production and from Fair Trade relationships.
- SDG 8 (decent work) Fair Trade trading terms are based on written contracts that assure compliance with decent working conditions, specify the mutually agreed price and payment conditions, and take into account sufficient lead time to allow for production without excessive working hours.
- SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure) Fair trade and co-ops go hand in hand. Fair Trade works with the development of small scale sustainable industries and enterprises, facilitating the integration into value chain and markets. Fair trade can facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development and support domestic technology development, research and innovation.
- SDG 10 (reduced inequalities) Fair Trade seeks greater equity in international trade by connecting the aims of those in the Global North who seek greater sustainability and justice with the needs of those in the Global South who most need those changes.
- SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) Fair Trade helps consumers make sustainable choices that ensure producers are paid fairer prices which will enhance their ability to implement sustainable production patterns.
- SDG 13 (climate change) All parties to “Fair Trade” relationships collaborate on continual improvement on the environmental impact of production and trade.
- SDG 16 (peace and justice) Fair Trade shares a vision of a world in which justice and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone can develop their full human potential.
- SDG17 (partnerships for the Goals) Fair Trade is a trading partnership for change and sustainable development through trade.