Dear ACRATH Members and Supporters
INFORMATION & CAMPAIGNS
Thank you to members who have provided the following information and campaign notices.
- World Fair Trade Day, 8 May
Build Back Fairer: reflect on our purchasing and procurement policies and see what are the practical ways we can support ethical and fair trade practices.
Fairtrade Australia New Zealand
- ACRATH: Time to Speak Up
Umes Acharya, ACRATH member and researcher is urging people to treat the exploitation of international students as Modern Slavery and work for change.
- ACRATH: Supporting Seasonal Workers
Fr Peter O’Neill ssc has been appointed as ACRATH’s representative on the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) Advisory Group. He hopes that progress will be made on some of the challenges facing seasonal workers.
- ACRATH Newsletter, April 2021
- Melbourne couple found guilty of keeping Tamil woman as a slave for eight years
- Carer forced to work in supermarket, stopped from going out by Sydney couple
- U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking
Stop Trafficking Newsletter
The April edition highlights the National Centre for Sexual Exploitation annual list of entities they deem worthy to name and shame.
Read current and archived reflections
- Global Sisters Report
- Talitha Kum: International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking In Persons
- RENATE: Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation.
- Freedom United
Stay up to date with ACRATH Activities and News Items https://acrath.org.au/ including
- Fashion Supply Chains
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Fashion Supply Chains
On 24th April 2013 the eight-story Rana Plaza building outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people and injuring thousands of others. In 2021 there is a 1 in 4 chance that a cotton t-shirt you purchase is tainted by forced labour. Around the world, exploitation and forced labour are rife in fashion supply chains. In the Xinjiang province of China, it’s been reported that more than a million Uyghurs have been forcibly detained in ‘re-education camps’. Harrowing reports of abuse, rape, and forced sterilization have emerged from the region. China is the third largest cotton producing country in the world, and Xinjiang Province provides the 84% of that cotton (20% of world’s cotton). According to Center for Global Policy’s new report, more than half a million people from ethnic minority groups in Xinjiang have been coerced into picking cotton, on a scale far greater than previously thought.
As we remember the 8th anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse on 24th April it is a good time to ask ourselves who made your clothes. The Baptist World Aid Ethical Fashion Guide is a very helpful resource for consumers wanting to make ethical fashion choices. Access a copy of the guide here.
World Fair Trade Day is celebrated on the 8th of May, 2021 and the World Fair Trade Organisation is calling on us to ‘Build Back Fairer’. This is a day where we can reflect on our purchasing and procurement policies and see what are the practical ways we can support ethical and fair trade practices. Catholic organisations such as Ethica and ACRATH provide practical means for us to make trade fair. For more information on the day and the Build Back Fairer statement click here.
“We’ve known for a long time that something is wrong with how trade works. Our trade structures and practices are designed in a way that benefits the most powerful…who hold the power in supply chains and set the terms of international trade. Meanwhile small farmers, artisans and workers have been left vulnerable to exploitation and struggle to earn living incomes and wages.”
COVID-19 exasperated these differences, and the World Fair Trade Organisation is calling for the world to transform and ‘Build Back Fairer’ to deal with the underlying exploitation of people and climate at the heart of destruction of nature, deforestation, climate and health crises.
‘Build Back Fairer’ is the theme of World Trade Fair Day and is taken from the Build Back Fairer Statement released in Sept 2020. This a day where we can reflect on our purchasing and procurement power and plan ways we can support ethical and fair trade practices.
On World Trade Fair Day, be sure to buy fair trade products available at supermarkets, looking for the fair trade logo or online for example, at Ethica, the Fair Trade social enterprise of Mary MacKillop Today.
For more information on World Trade Fair Day and the Build Back Fairer Statement go here.
WHO WE ARE
Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand works directly with businesses, consumers and campaigners to make trade fair by securing a better deal for farmers and workers.
The global Fairtrade system is governed by a Board of Directors and a General Assembly of members, which is comprised of 50 percent producers and 50 percent representatives from national Fairtrade organisations. You can read more about the governance of the global Fairtrade system here.
What Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand does
Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand (Fairtrade ANZ) is an active member of the global Fairtrade system and undertakes activities in the following key areas:
- Growing demand for Fairtrade certified products and empowering producers to sell to traders and retailers on Fairtrade terms
- Raising awareness of the need for Fairtrade in the public and the significant role of the Fairtrade Mark in making trade fair
- Supporting producer organisations and their networks in Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and the Pacific Islands
- Providing independent certification of the trade chain for products, and licensing use of the Fairtrade Mark on products as a consumer assurance
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