Conor Woodman ~ Unfair Trade?

Conor Woodman UnFair Trade book cover image

Book published exploring:

"How big business exploits the world's poor - and why it doesn't have to"

Conor Woodman – an investigative journalist, television presenter, author and public speaker- has looked at who we are and what we claim to do. 

How is it that our favourite brands can import billions of pounds’ worth of goods from the developing world every year, and yet leave the people who produce them barely scraping a living? Is it that big business is incompatible with the eradication of poverty? And, if so, are charity and fair trade initiatives the only way forward?

In Unfair Trade, he traces a range of products back to their source to uncover who precisely is benefitting and who is losing out. He goes diving with lobster fishermen in Nicaragua who are dying in their hundreds to keep the restaurant tables of the US well stocked. He ventures into war-torn Congo to find out what the developed world’s insatiable demand for tin means for local miners. And he risks falling foul of the authorities in Laos as he covertly visits the country’s burgeoning rubber plantations, established to supply Chinese factories that in turn supply the West with consumer goods. In the process, he tests accepted economic wisdom on the best way to create a fairer world – and suggests a simpler but potentially far more radical solution.

 

Researching how EA trades

Conor has visited some of our farms and villages and writes about us in his book UnFair Trade (2012). His research of us and many others makes interesting observations and conclusions.

“That companies can make a powerful difference by actually doing the right thing rather than simply signing up to it is confirmed by a visit (to Ethical Addictions).” (p.53)

After visiting us in Gloucestershire he followed up on our supply chain to origin – to the Orera Village in Tanzania.

“The importance of coffee to the people who live on the mountain cannot be underestimated. The village has suffered greatly in the past 20 years . . . . Coffee is the only cash crop here, and Liliani and the other villagers are totally dependent on the price set by the market.

That is until recently, when the village found a new buyer and began selling its coffee to Ethical Addictions . . . . who felt they could afford to pay almost twice as much as the farmers had previously received.”  (p.170)

As you may have already gathered Ethical Addictions is not just about high quality coffee sourced direct, taking care to ensure producers are paid well and cared for, we are also concerned about the care shown to the environment, to preserve our great planet, natural habitats, and a future for us all. 

From the Back Cover

‘Conor Woodman takes the dismal out of the dismal science. He’s written an alternative travel guide to the global economy.’ Liam Halligan, Sunday Telegraph

How is it that our favourite brands can import billions of pounds’ worth of goods from the developing world every year, and yet leave the people who produce them barely scraping a living? Is it that big business is incompatible with the eradication of poverty? And, if so, are charity and fair trade initiatives the only way forward?

In Unfair Trade Conor Woodman traces a range of products back to their sourceto uncover who precisely is benefitting and who is losing out. He goes diving with lobster fishermen in Nicaragua who are dying in their hundreds to keep the restaurant tables of the US well stocked. He ventures into war-torn Congo to find out what the developed world’s insatiable demand for tin means for local miners. And he risks falling foul of the authorities in Laos as he covertly visits the country’s burgeoning rubber plantations, established to supply Chinese factories that in turn supply the West with consumer goods. In the process, he tests accepted economic wisdom on the best way to create a fairer world – and suggests a simpler but potentially far more radical solution.

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Article updated: 09/07/2020

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