The Global Economic System is rife with abuse and injustice. Most of the people that grow, process and produce our food and apparel suffer poverty wages, unsafe work conditions and other rights violations. The Fair World Project (FWP) supports diverse mechanisms and pathways to justice in the marketplace. While not a panacea, these mechanisms provide concrete opportunities for consumers to support products that reflect their values, educate others, and provide a lifeline to farmers, workers and artisans, while we simultaneously work in conjunction to improve the global system that impacts us all.
The food and apparel economies are extremely varied and often complex, and reforming and transforming them requires different approaches. One size does not fit all, but solutions involve the following principles :
Four programs — Fair Trade, SweatFree Apparel, Family Farm, and Labor Justice — support broader movements for systemic change in our food and apparel systems, which aim to transform an unjust economic system. Together, they drive a larger movement for justice and sustainability.