Despite a sluggish context, fair trade market continues its growth. In France, it it reached 429 million euros and 11.1% growth in 2013. But before being a “market” trade fair is an innovative approach to national and international trade. Supported by an economic movement of producers and companies, fair trade has been evolving for over 40 years. Its players do not always have converging interests, which is its evolutions, particularly in the area of labeling, are often debatable.
Fairtrade International, the pioneer (but not unique) fair trade label, opened 2014 by introducing a new label to expand the market for labeled products. This development, insufficiently coordinated, led to controversy. In France, several players have also come together to develop a Local Fair Trade Charter. This expansion of fair trade to local trade is the result of a long-term trend, producers and consumers in the North and South being more and more aware of their belonging to the same trade system.
Ratification by Uruguay (above) allows the Nagoya Protocol to enter in force on October 12th, 2014, that is 90 days after the reception of this 50th ratification. This date is the day before the first Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from October 13 to 17.
This last article of the series “social entrepreneurs and innovators SOIA Europe” shows the wealth of meetings and exchange of ideas at the Social Innovation Assembly in Amsterdam in November 2013.
On Monday 26 and Tuesday 27, November, 2013 the first European Social Innovation Assemblytook place in Amsterdam. Organized by Fay Divina, this event, unique in its kind, brought together 100 social innovators from the 4 corners of Europe, and even North America and South America. Thematic approaches went from stories of social entrepreneurship to the conditions favoring its development and governance challenges. The attendance was composed of social entrepreneurs, some academics and finance people.
Located on a canal in the center of the city, looking like a Paris or Berlin cabaret , the Odeon offered an appropriate stage for this event inspiring and learning .
The first wealth is, here as elsewhere, human.
That is why , before returning to the teachings of the European Social Innovation Assembly and on concepts of social innovation and social entrepreneurship, we propose to English-speaking public a series of portraits of social entrepreneurs , youth and other more experienced.
From a technical term reserved to engineers, the obsolescence of our everyday objects has become in recent years a common term, and an important social issue. Overview of this phenomenon, and solutions for de-planning obsolescence: #obsolout.
A recently released study commissioned by the Fair Trade Platform (association of major French fair trade organizations) and carried out by the NGO Agronomists and Veterinarians Without Borders on the integration of contract farming in Fair Trade since 2005 and 2006 recommends utmost caution in the deployment of this new form of fair trade, initiated by Fairtrade International and Ecocert.
At the end of the year 2012, Earth is number One. To the point that it could be named Person of the Year by Time magazine, if we take into account the number of events and news that have been dedicated to it during the year.
Several important events, conferences, exhibitions and meetings were held at the end of the year, on the themes of biodiversity, dialogue between companies and local communities, scientific research, industrial development and traditional knowledge on biodiversity.
With Taste Salon and Terra Madre, two annual events of the Slow Food movement organised this year together at Torino, biodiversity was playing in a specific register.
Born in Italy, the Slow Food movement movement is known to work for the restoration of local varieties and culinary specialties. With an epicurean ethos, the goal of Slow Food and its founder, Carlo Petrini, is in fact multiple: to preserve local varieties involved in biodiversity, to contribute to food sovereignty by fighting against bad and fast-food as well as the influence of agribusiness.
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, nicknamed Rio + 20 was celebrated a few weeks ago. Twenty years after the famous “Earth Summit,” is humanity finally ready to take up its commitment to sustainable development, or maybe even just the concept of sustainability?
From April 30 to May 2, 2012, Pierre Johnson and Eugénie Malandain went on an exploratory mission in the region of the argan forest near Agadir (Morocco).
Pierre Johnson participated in the roundtable organized in partnership with Rencontres Solidaires Nord-Sud entitled “What social responsibility in the argan oil supply chain”, by giving the public of the 2nd international conference on corporate social responsibility at Agadir an overview of the challenges of the industry. He then visited several argan oil cooperatives and a company of aromatic and medicinal plants, with local professionals.
Biodiversity is the fabric of life, the variety and diversity of species and ecosystems, and the relations beween them.
This short animation film from the students of the Vancouver Film School explains in 2 minutes 40 secondes what biodiversity is.
The figures are not always quite exactly right, but the video is nice and comprehensive.
The Vancouver Film School students produced an excellent film to explain visually Biodiversity, and its links to human society. The number of species (mammales, plants, etc.) are undervalued by 10 to 20%. But they got the basic concepts right, and the film is both visually attractive and educative.
It’s less than 3 minutes long, and worth seing. Just look!
How do the Cosmetic, Ingredients and Food industries ensure that their quest for novelty doesn’t create a gap in their relations with local indigenous and rural provider communities? The Convention on Biological Diversity creates new rules on access and benefit sharing. But there is more than compliance to create win-win relationships.
Watch our presentation at Centifolia 2011 in Grasse (France) to get some insight on those issues:
All the Centifolia 2011 conferences will soon be posted on their Web site.
Many thanks to the organizers of Centifolia 2011: Catherine, Geneviève, Jean-Français, Fernanda, and many others.
The main words of this conference (click on the image to enlarge):
Centifolia 2011, the International Congress in Cosmetics and Perfumery, which will be held in Grasse from October 19 to 21, 2011, is an adventure open to all the stakeholders of the beauty industry (Executives, Sourcing Directors, R&D, Buyers, CSR, Production, Marketing, Communication, producers of ,…).
Any product carries and transmit a vision of the world, that which is inscribed in its gene and production. To buy a product (ingredient, service, finished product…), is to subscribe to this vision. To buy is to vote. Today, social media combined to mobility can celebrate or destroy a product and its brand, sometimes in a few days. Markets are becoming conscious.
Happiness is a trending topic, which seems to defy economics: Can a society be ruled by the “pursuit of happiness” (this is part of the oath of US citizens, isn’t it?). And if the answer is positive, how can you measure happiness to ensure there is progress in the pursuit of it? Here are several indications of the new importance of happiness in economics and hints on the relationship between the two concepts.
Read on and watch the trailer of a documentary to be released very soon!
This is an open question asked on Quora, the qualified questions & answers community. I apparently was the first one to provide an answer.
Our answer is part of an ongoing clarification and training effort we are leading on fair trade. Here goes the answer (edited a bit for this site).
Networking is a key activity for social business ventures, as well as solidarity economy initiatives (cooperatives, etc.). Networking means keeping in contact with follow initiatives, but also facilitating communities of practice in areas related to your business’ core activity, facilitating a community of users, or a social learning platform.
In this article, we won’t enter into details of the why and how networking should be conducted in a social business or a solidarity economy initiative. We assume that you already have an idea of this. We will however go back to this in a future article.