Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Fair Trade and Sustainable Development

  • Katarzyna CichosEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_349


Charter of Fair Trade Principles (Charter 2009) defines fair trade as “trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalised producers and workers – especially in the South. Fair trade organisations, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade”.


Sustainable development is a concept (based on the 1987 Brundtland Report (United Nations General Assembly 1987) that refers to a desired state of society where living conditions and resources use continue to meet human needs without damaging natural system. The concept is focused on economic development, social development, and environmental protection for future generations. The idea of sustainable...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in WarsawWarsawPoland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Judy Rogers
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Architecture and Design,Program Manager, Master of Disaster Design and DevelopmentRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia