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Why the Commonwealth can mean more than medals

Every four years, Australians are reminded of that remnant of British imperialism, the Commonwealth. And every four years, we ask ourselves the same question: is the Commonwealth really relevant?

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World Health Day: Changing health outcomes one farming community at a time

As we reflect on World Health Day, consider this one story of hope.

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Fairtrade: Setting our sights on the future

Have you ever seen those house makeover shows? The ones where they transform a family’s run-down, drab house into a dazzling dream home in the space of a week, and everyone marvels at the before and after pictures.

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The Fairtrade Cotton Difference

Something very important is happening in Gujarat, a rural region on India’s west coast. This is where we meet Mamtuben (on the left, with the headscarf) and Anjena (on right, in the fleece).

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Fairtrade: setting our sights on the future

An opinion piece by Darío Soto Abril, Chief Executive Officer of Fairtrade International. This piece first appeared on PlanetaFuturo/ElPaís on September 19, 2017 and is reproduced with their kind permission.

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Transforming trade to transforming lives: What does it take?

The Asia Pacific is often called the world’s economic powerhouse, and for good reason. The world’s most rapidly developing region is being transformed by population growth, a rising middle class and an explosion of economic activity. Governments and businesses view it as the global epicentre for development and, let’s be honest, the centre of potential commercial profits. 

Global management consultant McKinsey has tracked the centre of the world’s economic activity, finding that it is shifting south and east towards Asia at a rate faster than at any time in human history.

As we know, trade is a central part of this economic movement and can be a force for good – or not. This explosive economic development comes at a price. An estimated 600 million people in Asia Pacific live in poverty – that’s more than half the world’s poor. More than 490 million are undernourished and another 11.5 million – or 56% of the global total for this metric – are trapped in modern forms of slavery.

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Spoil Mum with a Fairtrade afternoon tea

Make Mum’s day with a special spread that you create just for her.

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Giving a voice to Bangladesh’s Women Garment Workers

Nazma Akter’s journey in the garment industry began when she started work at age 11. Her experiences were reflective of the sector’s attitude towards workers who were, in her own words, seen as ‘just there to make the business a profit’.

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CEO BLOG: UNLOCKING WORLD HEALTH

 

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