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CORR the Juste Works: Pioneers of Fair Trade in Bangladesh

CORR the Juste Works: Pioneers of Fair Trade in Bangladesh

We recently traveled to Bangladesh where we had a very interesting shooting with CORR the Jute Works. We were there on a mission for Oxfam Magasins du Monde and our objective was to produce a series of 3 short videos that explains the vision and impacts of CJW on the local communities. We had the chance to visit several artisan groups in Dhaka and also in Kartikpur village. Our experience got really interesting when we learned that we’d stay with a family of clay artisans in the village for a few days. We have to say that we found the work of CJW very professional and organized. The organization provides jobs to roughly 4.000 artisans throughout 24 districts of Bangladesh, 92% are women. As a pioneer of fair trade, CJW works with most of the well known retailers in a total of 50 countries. On top of that, CJW recently started a business relationship with big commercial buyer H&M. It is not so common for fair trade organizations to deal with top international players like H&M, so we were very interested in collecting some feedback about that experience. Milton Suranjit Ratna, development manager of CJW, kindly accepted our interview and gave us some insight of what it is to do business with a big multinational company. His interview will soon be published on this website. In the meantime, here is a 3 minute video we produced for CJW, to thank them for their hospitality and good work. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!   Read More »

TARA Projects: a holistic approach of fair trade

TARA Projects: a holistic approach of fair trade

Photos by Ronny Hermosa ©FairTradeConnection You can purchase these photos by contacting us: ronny@fairtradeconnection.org Read More »

Fighting against child labour [TARA's education center]

Fighting against child labour [TARA's education center]

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Surviving in a Delhi Slum [TARA Projects Micro Credit program]

Surviving in a Delhi Slum [TARA Projects Micro Credit program]

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CORR the Jute Works & trade justice in Bangladesh

CORR the Jute Works & trade justice in Bangladesh

Photos by Wanwisa Taesuwan & Ronny Hermosa ©FairTradeConnection You can purchase these photos by contacting us: ronny@fairtradeconnection.org Read More »

Pekerti and the woodcarvers or How a plastic bag can save your life

Pekerti and the woodcarvers or How a plastic bag can save your life

Fair Trade Connection’s team as never been as complete as of today. Indeed, Sandy, our graphic designer has decided to join us for a month in Indonesia. Sandy hasn’t had much time to rest or to accommodate to the 7 hour jet lag with Belgium, that he was already sent to his first assignment. Our team is leaving Bali for the island of Java where we will do a video Shooting for Oxfam Magasins du Monde. Our mission there is to produce a short video about one of the artisan groups of Pekerti, a famous Indonesian fair trade producer. Miss Yolita, the PR manager of Pekerti will accompany us during the shooting. We flew from Denpasar to Bandung and then took a taxi to reach our final destination of Sumedang. Our first challenge was to find a hotel in a city where no tourist ever come! To add to the fun, it started raining. Now you might know rain, but maybe you don’t know what crazy tropical Indonesian rain shower is. This kind of rain leaves you no choice, after 1 minute you are soaking wet. In Indonesia we always walk around with a plastic bag in our pocket just in case it starts raining. So this day, we pulled our plastics bags out, shoved our mobile phones, money and anything that might get damaged by the water inside them, and started to walk towards one of the only hotels of the city. It was overpriced and horrible but hey, it had a roof to protect us from the rain. The next day we met Heru, the owner of the fair trade workshop we came here to film. Heru’s business is a family business, started by his father in the 1980′s. Heru took over after learning everything he knows from his father. His little workshop produces wooden handicrafts and offers a job to 12 artisans. They mostly sell their production ... Read More »

Pekerti: Fair Trade Wooden Handicrafts from Indonesia

Pekerti: Fair Trade Wooden Handicrafts from Indonesia

Photos by Wanwisa Taesuwan & Sandy Hermosa ©FairTradeConnection You can purchase these photos by contacting us: ronny@fairtradeconnection.org Read More »

Miss Saparot and the pineapple factory

Miss Saparot and the pineapple factory

Late afternoon on Thursday the 30th January in Udonthanee, I picked up the phone after it rang a few times “Hi, is that Khun Tukta from Fair trade connection?” the voice of the lady asked me with an hesitating and cheerful tone. “Yes, it’s me. How are you khun Kook?” I responded with her name as it showed on my mobile screen earlier. She continued “We would like to inform you that the Co-operative has agreed for Fair Trade Connection to come over and produce the video about us” a big smile appeared on my face and then we discussed about the job. After hanging up the phone with Khun Kook I hurried to report the good news to Ronny, we were both excited and started to organize our trip to Samroiyod already. Samroiyod sub-district is located in Prachuabkeerikhun province; it is one of the main pineapple growing areas in Thailand. 1/3 of the region (or 161,440 rais) is used to farm pineapples and 50% of the locals are farmers, hence the importance of pineapple farming for providing jobs and income to the local population. Pineapple is one of the main exporting goods for Thailand, each year they export approximately 2.5 million tons of fresh and processed pineapples. In the area of Samroiyod there are many processed pineapple factories, most of which export to Western countries such as the US, England, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Italy and many more. But the only place that grows and produces fair trade canned pineapples is the farmers fair trade cooperative of Samroiyod (SRI) and Samroiyod Co,Ltd (the processing factory). The cooperative has been established 5 years ago and the factory has been certified fair trade for 6 or 7 years. We have been shooting for 4 days at the different locations: pineapple farms, cooperative office and the Samroiyod factory. They were very welcoming with us, providing a lot of useful information and trying ... Read More »

Social Media and Fair Trade Industry Report

Social Media and Fair Trade Industry Report

We have surveyed 42 fair trade companies from 3 continents with the goal of understanding how they are using social media to grow and promote their businesses. Here is what you will discover in the full report (available in our shop): Top 10 objectives companies are trying to achieve with social media This section reveals all the major advantages marketers are achieving with their social media efforts. We have established a ranking according to their importance to the companies. Top 5 social media platforms used by fair trade companies Discover which tools marketers are using, for how long they have been using them and if Northern and Southern companies use the same mix of platforms. The different strategies developed by the companies After verifying how many companies actually had a social media strategy, we analyzed into more details where these companies focused their strategic efforts. The time commitment We examined the weekly hours marketers invest in their social media efforts. This analysis will be helpful for marketers just getting started or those seeking support staff. How much money fair trade companies invest in Social Media Find out what percentage of their marketing budget companies are investing in Social Media. Is this number consistent with the amount of importance companies give to social media? The major problems marketers are facing We made a list of the major problems encountered on social networks ranked by importance. This will help you realize where additional resources could be invested in order to better perform on social platforms. Use our conclusions and recommendations to improve your social media strategy or discover how other fair traders are dealing with social media  throughout 17 graphs and detailed statistics.   Read More »

Samroiyod Fair Trade Pineapple Growers, Thailand

Samroiyod Fair Trade Pineapple Growers, Thailand

Photos by Wanwisa Taesuwan & Ronny Hermosa ©FairTradeConnection You can purchase these photos by contacting us: ronny@fairtradeconnection.org Read More »