On August 10-14th, Chic Made Consciously road tripped to Montreal and attended the World Social Forum as an exhibitor! This 5-day global gathering was held in Montreal, its first time in North America. When we discovered the forum we knew we had to take part. The forum began in 2001 in Brazil, with the vision to create a more inclusive and sustainable world. It is the largest gathering of civil society where people from all over the world collaborate to find solutions to the problems of our time.
Cassandra and Ida at the Chic Made Consciously booth. WSF August 11th, 2016.
- Are you fair trade certified?
- What makes your products fair trade?
- Do your workers make a percentage of your profits once the item is sold?
Our workers are paid up front before we even receive the goods, at the prices that THEY ask. It’s important to us that we ensure they are receiving what they deserve. We think that’s pretty fair.
Our learning grew in the area of Fair Trade, where we were able to attend a couple talks on fair trade for our future and for the people. We learnt about differences in fair trade policies around the world, as well as some opportunities and challenges facing the industry.
“Build the change, drive the demand!”
One of my favourite take a ways from Sean McHugh, Executive Director of Canadian Fair Trade Network. If we are each aware of what we consume and that our purchases have power, we can create demand in order to make change!
Nadine, Ida and Cassandra with their Chic Made Consciously flower pieces
What are your thoughts on Fair Trade?
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