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The Beatles couldn’t have been more right they said, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” Sometimes, it takes the kindness of a friend, or a stranger who chooses to become a friend, to help and individual get by. So with our #Globallove campaign for Valentine’s day and Shopanthropic’s mission, how does this song tie in? Well here’s our take:
- We at Shopanthropic believe that Valentine’s day is a chance to spread kindness not just to your special someone but to those who you have a chance to be friends to, in your own backyard or half-way around the world.
- We at Shopanthropic believe in the power of numbers. There’s a reason friends is plural. The more friends = the more help = a bigger difference.
“All you need is love,” sang The Beatles and we couldn’t agree more. Join the #Globallove campaign by purchasing a Shopanthropic product, tweeting the #Globallove hashtag and learning more about social enterprise, fair trade and ethical consumerism as a solution to global poverty.
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This Valentine’s Day season spread the love with us by supporting our #Globallove campaign.
This season consider buying ethically-made and fair-trade gifts for your special someone and share your love with the artisans too, who need it the most around the world.
From January 28th to February 14th, you can enjoy special prices with no shipping charges, for Canada and the USA, on our entire collection. Additionally, to spread #GlobalLove with you, we can send your gifts directly to address/recipient of your choice with little card/greetings from you.
So Share from your Heart this Valentine’s Day and be a part in bringing global social change!
Visit us at: www.shopanthropic.com to view our collection and promotion.
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Retail shelves are already lined with a sea of red and pink, hearts and chocolates, stuffed teddy bears and any other consumer product that will make some lucky person`s heart melt on February 14th. Depending on who you talk to, Valentine’s Day is either an excellent opportunity to remind your special someone you love them, or another commercial gimmick to sell chocolate and diamonds. I propose a new purpose for Valentine`s day – February 14th is an opportunity for you to show that your care – not just about your special someone, but about the world – about someone half way around the world. This is something that we at Shopanthropic calls the #GlobalLove Campaign.
We`re talking about Valentine’s Day with a twist. The twist is that we are sharing love with those who need it around the world – the impoverished, the meek, the ones stuck in the poverty cycle. By shopping ethically, being aware of where your products are coming and the conditions they are made in, considering the environmental impact of the materials used in the everyday consumer good you use, donating to a microfinance fund that supports artisans in becoming self-sufficient and working towards a world where individuals working in developing countries receive fair wages for their efforts – you are caring for individuals globally.
At Shopanthropic, we believe we are working towards this mandate by supporting artisans, particularly women, in developing countries become self-sufficient. By encouraging them to use their craftsmanship to create viable businesses, supporting them for their continuous development and expanding their work, and helping them find the markets to sell these products to – we are caring for others.
So on and around February 14th tweet the term #Globallove and use Valentine’s Day as a chance to create some social change. At Shopanthropic, we are going to be doing some special offers to share some #Globallove with you – consider buying an environmentally-friendly or fair-trade gift for that special someone. From January 28th to February 14th, you can enjoy special prices with no shipping charges on our entire collection. Additionally, we will be tweeting and blogging about topics relating to the #Globallove campaign. So make sure you view our collection @ www.shopanthropic.com.
Spread the love this Valentine’s Day season by supporting the #Globallove campaign.
Some great research being done by a team at the Harvard Business School about ‘Emerging Social Enterprise Trends’. While research is still in its preliminary stages, there are a few key trends that are emerging. The first is that social entrepreneurs are primarily focusing on creating change locally, as opposed to transforming the world. Secondly, social entrepreneurs are aiming to create commercially generated revenue rather than rely on donations.
To learn more about this research, read this article: http://www.justmeans.com/Emerging-Social-Enterprise-Trends/51522.html.
An interesting article on why women are a natural fit for social innovation due to their ability to adapt and make the best of limited resources. Here is an excerpt from the article that we found particularly interesting:
Social enterprises are the cathedrals of today. They require huge amount of faith, resources and energy to be built, as what they supposedly deal with cannot be fixed instantly. The smartest among them trigger the growth of co-related networks and micro-economies, they amplify spiritual and cultural energy and gather masses. They are a shelter for ideas, people and resources and save many souls.
What is your take on this? Do women really have the secret algorithm to being successful social entrepreneurs?
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The Stanford Social Innovation Review states that there are 1.4 billion households around the world that live on less than $1.25 a day due to their inability to rise above the poverty cycle. This poverty cycle is a “systematic breakdown [that] excludes them from earning a reliable income.” Without a source of reliable income, these individuals are never able to improve their quality of life or the situation in their communities.
One solution to this problem is to spend large amounts of money on assistance programs based on rehabilitation and support, such as free health care. While these programs are often effective in improving access to basic necessities in regions that are severely affected by poverty – there are many questions about how feasible they are in the long-run. Without undermining the importance and success of such programs, it is a fair statement to make that despite these programs, there is still a strong need to find solutions to global poverty. It is this need that encourages us to look at assistance programs that focus on productivity and job development, rather than just satisfying basic necessities.
Opponents of such ‘modified’ assistance programs argue that the “ultra poor,” are often “too poor to work” because they simply aren’t ready to be productive. However, recent studies have proven that it is often productivity that can drive the revitalization and growth of individuals and communities. The increase in income that results from the introduction of job opportunities in poverty-stricken regions – can lead to better diets, more health clinics and access to more skills-training. As entire communities become more productive, local infrastructure improves and limited resources are used more effectively. To sum it up, Paul Polak, author of “Out of Poverty,” argues that the poor are poor because they don’t have enough ways of making money. By helping these individuals find ways to make money – they can rid themselves of poverty.
An example of this is the Equitas Bird’ Nest (EBM) program in the South Indian city of Chennai that provides subsidized housing and food to the city’s homeless population. A problem they originally faced was the fact that many of its potential participants relied on income from begging and did not want to move away from the high-traffic areas where they generated a majority of their slim earnings. By modifying their program to include the creation of new jobs that the participants could complete from their homes and the skills they needed to complete these tasks, the participants were able to almost double their household income in 18 months. In this case, it was productivity that allowed these individuals to transform their living conditions.
These modified assistance programs don’t have to be on a large-scale either. Another example is that of 49-year-old Nishhat Afza, an interior decorator in Mysore, India, who turned her hobby of making handicrafts into a social enterprise by conducting free training on embroidery, candle making, pottery and painting for women, physically-challenged and other poverty-stricken individuals.
While such social innovation ventures are still being developed and tested, they are beginning to prove effective. In an article in the Huffington Post, Auren Kaplan says it best: “Business is the most powerful force on the planet, in terms of its capability to move resources, money, and people.” By harnessing the power that business, and the job opportunities aligned with business have, we can help alleviate the burden that poverty has on individuals globally. Based on these case studies and a host of research that is currently being conducting, we conclude that the key to breaking the poverty cycle isn’t just monetary, but in fact, it is an opportunity that will help people transform their lives and their communities.
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In November of 2011, Fair Trade USA announced that they were going to cut ties with Fairtrade International by the end of the year. Under the banner “Fair Trade For All,” this was part of a larger set of drastic changes to the fair trade certification process in the United States. The nature of this policy alteration has angered many critics as they essentially lower the requirements for an enterprise to be certified fair trade. For example, Fair Trade USA now requires that only 10% of ingredient need to be fair trade to receive certification, while other countries have a minimum of 20%.
The motive? Many argue that the reason for the changes is money, as the organization earns fees based on the number of products it certifies. Meanwhile, Fair Trade USA states that these changes will make it easier for large corporations to be certified as fair trade, which will help a larger number of poor farmers and works around the world.
This change in policy brings forth a few critical issues:
- What will the ramifications be for allowing large, multi-national conglomerates to become fair trade certified? If giants like Nestle and Folgers become certified – will it actually benefit poor farmers and workers or will it just open the doors for these large corporations to manipulate this certification as a marketing tool?
- Will breaking ties with Fairtrade International affect the global movement to a more socially conscious global consumer?
- Will the new Fair Trade policies actually enable a more diverse set of producers to participate and compete in international markets? Or will it weaken the meaning of the certification and push the movement backwards?
- Will the entrance of these multinationals do to the small-to-midsized fair trade enterprises that are trying to grow in this niche market? Historically, the fair trade movement in North America was designed to give small, artisanal operations a chance to create change socially and economically. Will these large organizations push out the smaller operations?
- What impact will this have on the fair trade standards of other countries, particularly developing countries that desperately need strong fair trade regulations?
Rob Cameron,CEO of Fairtrade International, released an open letter following this announcement that addressed Fair Trade USA’s departure from the international body.
Now that FTUSA is pursuing its own approach we are developing an operating model to ensure that all businesses and organizations that want to be a part of our global Fairtrade family can do so. But we also want to take stock, and listen to the views of our many stakeholders – producers, NGOs, companies, trade unions and the grassroots Fair Trade movement – to determine the best way to meet everyone’s needs.
Meanwhile, the Fair Trade Federation released an open letter stating that they were neither in support of nor against the changes that Fair Trade USA is going forth with as they want to review the issues at hand further.
With a large set of questions and issues resulting from these proposed changes that will still need to be addressed in the coming months and years – we wonder what impact they will have on fair trade here in Canada as well.
Fair Trade Canada released a press release following this announcement that essentially reaffirmed their commitment to the international Fair Trade movement. The very first thing they did was to clarify that the views presented through these changes were of that of Fair Trade USA alone and not directly related to the policy or standards of Fair Trade Canada or Fairtrade International. They stated that:
Recognising that 70 percent of the world’s coffee is produced by smallholders with less than 10 hectares of land, and that around 10 million small-scale coffee farmers depend on coffee as their primary source of income, feedback to date has been that the global standard for coffee should remain fully focused, as originally intended, on delivering market access on Fairtrade terms for smaller-scale farmers. We will continue to explore how we can expand our reach in this regard, focusing on partnership with producer organisations committed to democracy, transparency and empowerment.
In addition, they addressed other innovations that Fair Trade Canada and its international partner are encouraging in their approach. (To view the entire outline, click here) Moreover, they stated their belief that one global set of Fairtrade “certification” standards contribute to building international awareness in a major way and are cost-effective in the cross-border sale of fair trade products.
What effect will the changes that Fair Trade USA, Fair Trade International and Fair Trade Canada are making have on producers, NGOs, companies, trade unions and the grassroots Fair Trade movement? Only time will tell.
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Part two: Accessory collection based on Pantone Fashion Colour Report – Spring 2012
The Pantone Fashion Colour Report for Spring 2012 – promises a vivid and versatile colours in fashion! Pantone, a self-proclaimed “global authority in colours”, has surveyed designers at the New York Fashion Week for the last 18 years to create these season colour trend reports. Using the bright and bold colours inspired by Pantone, we are excited to present some spring-favourites to you from Shopanthropic collection! With our exclusive prices and free shipping for a limited time, here is our take on how you can jump into spring: