Saturday, May 1, 2010

Fair trade in Russia

My daughter is doing a global challenge on Russia for her beaver scouts badge. We have searched all over the internet to no avail. Can you please tell me the countryside code for Russia also what fair trade products do Russia produce?
Asked by Gemma


Fair trade as social movement in Russia is almost non-existent and consists, on the one hand, of few separate active workers and small groups, and on the other is presented by some manufacturers (for example Clipper, Qi-Teas )
I had never seen any fair trade labels on any locally produced item bought in Russia.

Could it be explained by the fact that Russia is not considering itself as a third world producer! It definitely doesn't look like one. (Your daughter will confirm it after the visit ))))

Having said that, if you take a look at the basic list of products usually covered by fair trade initiative among coffee, tea, bananas, chocolate, rice, cocoa, honey, clap, wine, fresh fruit, spices....I can only think of fresh fruits, honey and spices which could be covered by the program.

P.S. Unfortunately, the country code of Russian Federation is impossible to find (if any). I'll add it if I find it.


  1. The whole "fair trade" concept is a complete lie. It is,in fact, a way for western companies to buy organic and cheap products that brings them huge profits. I could never understand why on earth people in the western world don't get that...Like ripping off very poor people in africa or middle east and throwing them some garbage-money... I understand they idea of a profitable business ( I run mt own company and I want to make a good profit every year), but getting great stuff for almost no money at all and disguising your 100% materialistic approach in a "fair trade" concept is repulsive to me.

  2. The above comment reveals Rosabell has no idea what fair trade is. I hope he/she is not buying anything at all from developing countries, as according to his/her comment, buying anything from developing countries is ripping off very poor people. I really wonder what developing countries would be like when they cannot export any of their products if no one wants to 'rip them off'.