The Fair Trade Scandal takes aim at the Fair Trade consumer movement which many assume to be entirely benign. Through a razor-sharp analysis based on insider knowledge, Ndongo Sylla shows that there is a big gap between the rhetoric of Fair Trade and its practical results.
Sylla shows empirically that Fair Trade excludes those who need it the most and that its benefits are essentially captured by the wealthiest groups in the supply chain. Based on his experience of working for Fairtrade International, Sylla shows the flaws in the Fair Trade system which compromise its ethical mission.
The Fair Trade Scandal is both a provocative and deeply informative exploration of the Fair Trade phenomenon, suitable for specialists and non-specialists alike.
Ndongo Samba Sylla is a Research and Programme Manager for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. He is the author of The Fair Trade Scandal: Marketing Poverty to Benefit the Rich (Pluto, 2014).
Acknowledgements List of Acronyms and Abbreviations Introduction 1. On The Inequalities Of The International Trade System 2. The Fair Trade Universe 3. Controversies Around Fair Trade 4. Redeeming The Free Market As A Solution To Poverty: The Limitations Of The Fair Trade Economic Model 5. Looking For The Global Impact Of Fair Trade Conclusion Bibliography Appendices Index