WFTO Criticises Fair Trade USA Break from FLO
The World Fair Trade Organisation (formerly known as IFAT) has publicly criticised the decision by Fair Trade USA to break away from the International Fair Trade body the FLO and to extend Fair Trade certification to plantations and factories. It claims that by doing this, Fair Trade will increasingly favour buyers and corporations and be more about simply paying a premium on prices, rather than building relational trading systems with smallholder farmers. Tell us what you think about this story. Does opening up Fair Trade to corporations enhance the system or is it a sell-out?