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How to source local fair trade goods and products

Most tourism service suppliers want to support locally produced goods and products that ascribe to fair trade principles, but actually finding them is another matter. Until now, that is.

That’s because Fair Trade Tourism has partnered with the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO – Africa and Middle East) to deliver ‘Source Fair Trade’ – a B2B (Business 2 Business) marketing campaign that aims to promote South African produced WFTO guaranteed goods to the South African tourism market.

As a global membership organization of fair traders, the WFTO represent over 400 businesses across 70 countries, all of whom follow the ’10 Principles of Fair Trade’ through its guarantee system verified through a peer review and independent audit system. The WFTO furthermore facilitates best practice exchanges, forge synergies in supply chains and speak out for Fair Trade ultimately working towards a sustainable and fair economy.

“We are excited to join forces on this campaign as naturally Fair Trade Tourism very much sees itself and its network as part of the larger global Fair Trade movement that aims to bring greater balance in terms of trade,” says Ms Ana Lemmer, Interim CEO of Fair Trade Tourism.

“Through the Fair Trade Tourism Standard, we advocate for the procurement of locally produced, ethically traded goods so it makes sense to support local South African business that are mission-led to put people and planet first”, Ms Lemmer further explained.

“We admire the impact Fair Trade Tourism has had on the southern African tourism industry and the effort of committed tourism businesses to champion more sustainable and fairer supply chains in an industry that is forecasted to grow exponentially in Africa in the next couple of decades” says Ms Musa Mpofu, the WFTO Project Officer, South Africa.

Locally produced WFTO guaranteed products include luxury handmade bath and body products using natural ingredients, organic rooibos and honeybush tea, ethically produced spices and sauces, ethically traded fashion apparel and accessories, unique handmade candles as well as Christmas crackers, which Ms Mpofu explains are ideal for end-of-year events. “In fact, all of these products are suited to the tourism industry in being offered as part of the hosting experience or to resell in curio shops etc. and we believe represent clear value add from a branding perspective”.

“It will be a six-month campaign launched in April to be concluded in October 2019 and will include a number of promotional activities,” said Ms Lemmer. “In particular a discount to all Fair Trade certified business opting to purchase WFTO guaranteed products will be offered for the duration of the campaign. We will also host a roadshow towards the middle of the year featuring training on proven ways to leverage sustainability efforts – like sustainable sourcing for instance; in adding value to the brand of your tourism business”.

WFTO guaranteed goods and products in South Africa:

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