(14th May 2011)
On the occasion of World Fair Trade Day, a workshop explaining the ethical Business Model Fair Trade and its scope was organized for the students of Jiwaji University,Gwalior. The students were all from the stream of MSW (Master of Social Work)
The session aimed at introducing the concept of Fair Trade to the young audience whose lives otherwise remain untouched by this benevolent idea. SETU team started the session by throwing light on the basics of Fair Trade and its principles and how Fair Trade can lend a helping hand to the underprivileged communities. After discussing the world economic pyramid, Fair Trade was presented as a powerful tool for alleviating global poverty & as an ethical business alternative to the conventional trade stream.
As the session unfolded, need of Fair Trade in the developing world was discussed at length. The idea of Fair Trade “trade not aid” quite appealed to the students. Also, they appreciated the social impact that Fair Trade signifies. Students enthusiastically participated in the discussion and shared their views on how Fair Trade can be converted into a mainstream concept so that more and more people can benefit from it.
The session was a motivating and inspiring one as many students were seen taking interest in Fair Trade. Many of them are planning to start their careers with NGOs & co-operatives and work for socio-economic upliftment of the needy masses.