Fair Trade Products Growing Faster Than Conventional Products

Change.org
by Tim Newman · December 02, 2010

A report released last month by the UN found that markets for sustainable products have grown rapidly over the past five years and are growing faster than conventional products. At the same time, it is important to ensure that products claiming to respond to the demand for worker-friendly and sustainable production are living up to consumers’ expectations and that conditions are verified by independent monitors with integrity. The ratings of certification systems created by Free2Work.org are a good place to start in understanding how different third party certifications address labor rights issues. Another recent report by a Belgian consumer interest organization also analyzes many of the major certification systems operating in the cocoa industry and found that Fair Trade stands out for its focus directly on farmers and for providing economic support to farmers to successfully implement sustainable production.  (source)

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U.N. Report Says Sustainable Product Markets Growing Rapidly

REUTERS
Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:00am GMT

GENEVA Nov 17 (Reuters) – Markets for sustainable products, such as those with the Fairtrade label, have expanded rapidly over the past five years and are growing much faster than those for conventional goods, a U.N.-backed report said on Wednesday.

* Growth in sustainable products outpaces conventional goods

* Sales of certified sustainable coffee more than quintupled in the period to 392,347 tonnes in 2009 — representing more than 8 percent of global coffee exports and 17 percent of global production — from 73,602 tonnes in 2004;

* Sustainable cocoa sales more than tripled to 46,896 tonnes in 2008 — 1.2 percent of global sales — from 13,473 tonnes in 2003.  >>Read Full Story<<