INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2017 PRESS RELEASE

7 March 20017, Culemborg, The Netherlands – The fight for gender equality at workplaces is far from over. The recent reports by UN Women show that women in economic activities continue to suffer various forms of discrimination and unequal treatment. They also highlight that their labour force participation has stagnated . This reality has mobilised the Fair Trade movement to a renewed call to action to fight, harder this time, for the rights of women, especially those engaged in economic activities.
On the occasion of the International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March, we want to reiterate Fair Trade’s commitment to respect and fulfil women’s rights and advance their aspirations through gender equity, fair payment, non-discrimination, good working conditions and capacity building as declared in the 10 Principles of Fair Trade.
The WFTO network, including its regional office WFTO Europe, together with Oxfam Magasins du Monde embark on a global awareness raising campaign by showcasing success stories of Fair Trade contributing to gender equality at workplaces. When women succeed, communities are safer, more secure, and more prosperous. Over the last years, in the Fair Trade movement, we have seen women inspiring communities and Fair Trade organisations to stand up for women’s empowerment. As a network of almost 400 organisations across the world, today we ask Fair Trade actors to hold our poster and to share their experience via social media. Therefore, do watch, read and spread the message around to raise awareness about women’s economic challenges and support our constant commitment towards gender equality at workplace.
These stories are key examples of how Fair Trade practices contribute to a world where women have the same chances as men at the workplace and in their daily life. Hence, Fair Trade is shown as a keystone in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 5 aims to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”. That means, among others, the need to ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.
WFTO and all its members are committed to advance this important agenda. We are taking steps to empower women, to fight for their rights and their equal access to economic resources, to address all forms of violence against women and to promote women as key agents for change and drivers of sustainable development.
Note to Editors:
Every year, the World Fair Trade Organization and its members observe the International Women’s Day to raise awareness on gender equality, women empowerment and women’s role in achieving sustainable development. This year, for the first time, WFTO and OXFAM Magasins du Monde (Belgium) collaborate to raise awareness on the issue of gender equality at work and the role of Fair Trade in fostering decent work and equality at workplaces.
To learn more of the campaign, for high resolution images, interviews and other queries, please contact Michael Sarcauga through email michael@wfto.com or give us a call +31.345536487.

WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY 2016

Join us this Saturday the 14th of May as we celebrate the WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY 2016.
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This is an inclusive worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty and exploitation, climate change and the economic crises that affects the vulnerable populations in the world.

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WELCOME TO HALL 10.1 BOOTH NO: C 51-AMBIENTE

Greetings and Happy 2016!  Welcome to the Ambiente Fair 2016

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Undugu Fair Trade Limited takes the pleasure to welcome you to visit our booth no. C51 in Hall 10.1 for a fresh experience of our latest range of 100% Fair Trade hand carved and decorated kisii soapstone products suitable for your Home Accessories and Gifts stocks.uc_69

  The collection fuses tradition with contemporary designs, giving a fresh touch to this old age craft of soapstone carving.   Thank you so much for being such a valued business partner! We look forward to working with you in 2016 to grow our businesses through high quality products and services.  

WE HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF COMPLIMENTARY FREE ENTRY TICKETS TO AMBIENTE ON OFFER. DO LET US KNOW IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING AND WE CAN E MAIL YOU SCANNED COPY OF YOUR FREE ENTRY TICKET FOR ALL DAYS THAT YOU WILL BE ATTENDING!

Fair Trade breaks poverty

1 October 2015 (Culemborg) – Fair Trade breaks the chain of poverty. Fair traders around the world, together with small producers and backed by consumers, are breaking the chains of poverty.  Fair Trade is growing and that is our proof that we are gaining our fight against extreme poverty. The WFTO membership count doubled from 155 Fair Trade organisations in 2005 to 355 in 2014. In the same period, the turnovers of these members quadrupled from 136 million euros to 448 million euros.    To ensure their way out of poverty, producer-beneficiaries of WFTO members receive fair prices for their products, long-term income security, capacity-building and life-skills trainings, no discrimination, no slavery, and good working condition. 

“It is unacceptable that there are still over 1 billion people living in extreme poverty and deep deprivation. That is why at WFTO we fight poverty together with the small producers through sustainable solutions. The 10 Fair Trade Principles are our weapon. It is important that the eradication of poverty is done together with those affected. And with the support of consumers and businesses Fair Trade can go even further in its contribution to poverty eradication.”Rudi Dalvai, WFTO President

WFTO believes that poverty can be effectively eradicated by empowering small producers, giving them fair and sustainable means of livelihoods.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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I HAVE  WORKED FOR UNDUGU FAIR TRADE FOR 11 YEARS MAINLY DOING THE WASHING, SANDING AND POLISHING OF THE PRODUCTS. I LEARNED THE SKILL FROM MY MOTHER AS I WAS BORN WITHIN TABAKA THE SOURCE OF THE SOAPSTONE PRODUCTION. I HAVE ALSO IMPROVED MY PRODUCTION SKILLS THROUGH ATTENDING TRAINING WORKSHOPS ORGANIZED BY UNDUGU. I TRY AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE TO MAINTAIN GOOD WORKING CONDITIONS ACCORDING TO THE FAIR TRADE REQUIREMENTS.   FAIR TRADE HAS ENABLED ME TO TAKE MY CHILDREN TO GOOD SCHOOLS AND HAVE A BETTER LIVING STATUS WITHIN MY COMMUNITY. WORKING WITH FAIR TRADE I AM SURE OF GETTING ADVANCE PAYMENTS TO SUPPORT MY PRODUCTION WORK AND A GOOD PRICE FOR MY WORK. I ALSO HAVE CONTINOUS WORK MOST OF THE TIME WHICH ASSURES ME OF SUSTAINABLE INCOME FOR MY LIVLIHOODS. I ALSO BENEFIT FROM CAPACITY BUILDING TRAININGS TO BETTER MANAGE MY WORKSHOP AND COME UP WITH NEW PRODUCTS. I PRAY FOR MORE WORK FROM FAIR TRADE MARKETS TO KEEP MY STANDARD OF LIVING ALL THE YEAR AROUND.
WFTO requires its members to comply with the 10 Fair Trade Principles through the WFTO Guarantee System, which regularly verifies organisational practices of trading organisations to ensure Fair Trade is being respected.

Products that are Guaranteed Fair Trade can be recognised by the WFTO Product Label. Products carrying the WFTO Label are made and traded by Guaranteed Fair Trade Organisations dedicated to the sustainable Fair Trade economy. Every purchase of products with the WFTO Label supports small producers and their communities.

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The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) is a global network of organisations from over 75 countries across Africa and Middle East, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and the Pacific Rim, representing the entire Fair Trade supply chain. Membership of WFTO provides Fair Trade organisations with credibility and identity by way of an international guarantee system; a place of learning where members connect with like-minded people from around the world; tools and training to increase market access; and a common voice that speaks out loudly about Fair Trade. WFTO is the home of fair traders: producers, marketers, exporters, importers, wholesalers and retailers that demonstrate 100% commitment to Fair Trade and apply the 10 Principles of Fair Trade of WFTO in their daily operations. The works and achievements of its members make WFTO a global authority on Fair Trade and a guardian of Fair Trade values and principles.

The coming years will witness a whole variety of products carrying the WFTO Product Label, from handicrafts, to fashion, to food products.

 

 

 

 

Behind the Product Label is a revolutionary Fair Trade system – the WFTO Guarantee System. Consistent with the goal of Fair Trade, which is to enable producers to improve their livelihoods and communities through trading within agreed set of principles, WFTO’s route to equity in trade is ensuring that organisations follow the WFTO’s 10 Principles of Fair Trade.

The WFTO Guarantee System is based on time-tested best practices of Producer Group Internal Control System (ICS), Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) and WFTO membership system experience. To learn more of the WFTO Guarantee System, visit our website www.WFTO.com.

For high resolution images, interviews and other queries, please contact WFTO Michael Sarcauga, Communications Coordinator E: Michael@wfto.com T: +31345535914.

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Celebrating World Fair Trade Day On 10th MAY, 2014!

Fair Trade consumers and producers are the drivers of the growing Fair Trade industry.

 

Fair Trade producers and the people buying their products are the real drivers of the growth of Fair Trade. Backed by promoters, advocates and hundreds of thousands of volunteers all over the globe, Fair Trade has become the leading movement promoting social justice today. World Fair Trade Day, on 10th May is a global day to celebrate this.

 

In  six continents around the world World Fair Trade Day will be celebrated, led by members of the World Fair Trade Organization. From the Pacific islands to the Andes, Palestine to Bangladesh, Mongolia to Kenya, seminars, hunger banquets, fairs, concerts and drumming, and Fair Trade fashion shows mark the day to celebrate‘Fair Trade People.’ Every year, this is the biggest Fair Trade celebration on the planet.

 

The People behind the Product

Fair Trade is a transparent trading system that supports economically marginalised people, fair prices, good working conditions, and long-term partnership through trade.Behind every Fair Trade product on the market thereare real people. We tell their story through the WFTO Product Label, which was launched last year when the WFTO Membership approved the new WFTO Guarantee System.

 

The People promoting Fair Trade

Consumers and Fair Trade promoters are central to building the Fair Trade movement. By buying Fair Trade products, consumers have helped strengthen Fair Trade groups and supply chains, built a network of over 1,000 Fair Trade towns, cities and universities globally; and put pressure on governments and big businesses to improve their business practices.

 

Supporting the change

Fair Trade has produced change, and we will continue to do so. Fair Trade has improved the lives of several million small producers worldwide and their communities. Show your support.

Use our web app and show to the world that Fair Trade People are everywhere, by sharing it on social media channels with hashtags#FairTrade and #WFTDay.

 

“Fair Trade was established to enable producers, especially the smaller ones, to improve their livelihoods in a sustainable fashion. With the support of conscientious consumers, Fair Trade has grown to become a sustainable solution to fight poverty and economic crisis. Today, Fair Trade impacts not only producers but all of us. Fair Trade is a movement of the people, by the people and for the people.” Natália Leal, WFTO Chief Executive

 

“Throughout the years in which I have been involved in Fair Trade, I have personally met ten thousands of people who have demonstrated how we can each make a difference. We are a movement of committed individuals working together towards a common goal and WFTDay celebrates the dedication of this movement and its achievements.” Rudi Dalvai, WFTO President

 

“I initiated World Fair Trade Day in Japan, 1999, as a way of celebrating diversity, sustainability and incredible examples of justice through business – Fair Trade is a powerful movement with real proven examples that deliver social development. The public want to be part of the solution and people from every walk of life around the world will get involved May 10th!” Safia Minney

 

Notes to Editor:

 

The World Fair Trade Dayis an initiative of theWorld Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) that takes place on the second Saturday of May of each year. It is an inclusive worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty and exploitation, climate change and the economic crisis that has the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations. The global crisis confirms the need for a fair and sustainable economy locally and globally. Trade must benefit the most vulnerable and deliver sustainable livelihoods by developing opportunities for small and disadvantaged producers. Millions of producers and traders, businesses and policy makers, supporting organizations and volunteers have contributed to the substantial growth of Fair Trade globally.

How people can support this World Fair Trade Day:

  • Use our web app and be a Fair Trade Person
  • Share your photos on all your social media channels using hashtags #FairTrade and #WFTDay
  • Organise a World Fair Trade Day event in your community and publicise your event on our website http://bit.ly/WFTDAY_Calendar
  • Buy Fair Trade products and be a Fair Trade consumer
  • Help us spread the word of Fair Trade by following our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube

 

For high resolution images, interviews and other queries, please contact Michael Sarcauga through email michael@wfto.com or give us a call +31345535914.

 

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WFTO is an association of more than 350 fair trade organisations, in more than 70 countries around the world. Its members represent the entire supply-chain, including fair trading organisations, Fair Trade networks and Fair Trade support organisations.

 

 

Trade Fair Participation Opens opportunities for Undugu Producers

As Ambiente Trade Fair ended on the 11th February 2014, the journey for more market opportunities for Undugu producers begins.

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With strong interest from customers across major markets, 2014 will by all indications be a major turning point for more impactful economic empowerment for Undugu artisans who rely on their craftsmanship to earn dignified income. May the positive reception of the new collections turn into more long term sustainable business for Undugu and its stakeholders.

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UNDUGU’S NEW COLLECTION EXCITES THE MARKET!

Undugu’s stand at Ambiente attracted great admiration from the existing and potential customers as it sets the pace for revolution in the soapstone industry.

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The new range of home wellness products, which fits into modern lifestyles in colour,design and functionality is the next big thing for Undugu producers and customers.

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Undugu Fair Trade Limited will be showcasing new collections at Ambiente Trade Fair in Frankfurt Germany from 7th-11th February 2014.
The collections in areas of wellness, gifts, office and home will be unveiled.

You are all welcome to support our economic empowerment initiative.

 

 

Welcome To Undugu

Welcome to our new website. Please browse the pages to see what we have on offer for you. We have redesigned all our products in keeping with our new brand.

Our products are exclusively designed for Undugu and are made with you in mind. Our new collections  include wellness, home, office, and gifts ranges. So whether you’re looking for something to put on your office desk, to decorate your home,  for your wellness or to put a smile on someone’s face, you are bound to find something.