Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Let's help the sugar cane farmers!!!

The Sugar Crash Report launched by the Fairtrade Foundation examines how the recent decision of the European Union to abolish sugar beet production quotas from 2017 will affect farmers in the global south who’s livelihoods depend on the sugar cane production.

The Council of Agriculture Ministers and the Commission took the decision despite a strong vote by members of the European Parliament to delay reform until 2020,

The lobbying power of big manufacturers in the sugar commodity market, like the ED&F Man group, played a crucial role in pushing the decision. This company together with other major multinational firms argued that the restrictions on sugar beet, which were in place in order to meet commitments on market access for around 18 sugar producers in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, were keeping sugar prices high. This, they contested, was reducing their own profitability and competitiveness, and that of smaller companies too.

“The major impacts are the sharp decline and severe volatility in price arising from the expanded production of sugar from EU beet growers in a market that is already over-supplied,” he says. “It is the livelihood of millions that depend on cane sugar cultivation and production that is being threatened.

Monday, 23 March 2015

UN celebrated on Sunday 22 March the World Water Day at its 22th edition

click to access report

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day.
 22 years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world shining the spotlight on a different issue every year.

               Health                                       Nature

               Urbanization                             Industry

               Energy                                      Food


UNESCO published its own report centered on interesting case studies showing the importance of coordinated actions to implement strategies aiming at the sustainable use o water resources. It also contains statistical data on the current situation of water resources at global and regional level.

Access to water supply and access to sanitation, as shown in the chart below excerpt from the report, are those goals, among the others marking discrete results.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Ethical consumerism, an introduction

Modern dynamics of consumerism substantially changed in the last decades. Nowadays, consumers are not simply led by economic choices when purchasing services or products.
In a context of globally interconnected economies, it is more and more evident that ethical and moral principles play a determinant role in the choices of consumers.

Awareness campaigns developed by charities and associations informed consumers on a number of cruel and aberrant processes used by companies to develop and sell goods involving the exploitation of natural resources, as well as, the killing and testing on animals to produce for example cosmetics, and animal derived products like eggs, milk, meat.

Companies are becoming aware of this orientation of consumers and proper communication is vital to keep consumers informed on the efforts made, by small as multinational firms to cope with the rise sensitivity of buyers in a growing number of industrial sectors ranging from food to financial services and clothing.

 Excerpt from Ethical Consumer Markets Report 2013

In addition, the phenomenon of ethical consumerism is twofold. On one side consumers reckon and award the efforts of those companies that favor the inclusion of fair procedures and processing in the production and delivery of their goods and  services.  On the other side, consumers boycott those companies that are infringing deliberately human rights, labour standards, pursuing tax avoidance and so on

 Excerpt from Ethical Consumer Markets Report 2013
It is worth noting that, in the period under review, tax avoidance by companies had grown to become the second most cited reasons for boycotting after human rights.