I thought it might be fun to take a look at each of the Sustainable Development Goals set up by the United Nations and how they relate to the work we do under fair trade principles. In short, the goals are aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all. These are the same values that guide fair trade practices. Over the next few weeks we will break down these goals for you in our blog. We hope you enjoy this overview.
In September 2015, the United Nations set forth a series of seventeen benchmarks for eradicating global poverty. The UN member nations have set to work in partnership with NGOs, businesses, and individuals, to make sure these goals are met within 15 years. Through our fair trade partnerships, Global Handmade Hope is working hard to alleviate global poverty, and we’re proud to be a part of this movement.
Today, we’ll discuss goals 1, 2, and 3.
GOAL ONE: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
While poverty rates have been on the decline in recent decades, according to the UN, one in five people worldwide still lives in extreme poverty - that’s anyone earning less than $1.25 per day. The majority of the world’s impoverished population lives in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. Through our partnerships with artisans and farmers in Kenya and Thailand, we’re working hard to provide sustainable incomes to workers, so they can support their families and break the cycle of poverty. You can shop their products here and here.
GOAL TWO: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.
Today, 750 million people worldwide are hungry, and poor nutrition causes a large portion of childhood deaths. Erratic weather, depleted soil, and a lack of sustainable jobs in rural areas is driving people to abandon agriculture and migrate to cities in search of work. The United Nations urges a complete overhaul of the way we currently grow and consume food - including supporting small-scale producers, growing indigenous crops, reducing pesticide use, and eating local food. Global Handmade Hope provides jobs to rural artisans in Peru, with our partnership, and also provides fair wages to farmers in Sri Lanka through our partnerships. You can shop their products here.
GOAL THREE: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
The global child mortality rate has dropped over the past few decades, but remains high. The same is true of maternal mortality, though it is significantly higher in the developing world than developed countries (14 times as high!). Many infectious diseases are also on the decline thanks to expanding access to vaccines and medication, but our fight is far from over. Global Handmade Hope partners with organizations in India and Guatemala that provide their workers with access to healthcare, including routine checkups, prenatal care, and dental care. Regular well visits are one of the best ways to decrease the spread of disease and ensure healthy lives for women and children, and we’re happy to do our part to help! Shop their products here and here.
Hope to see you next week as we continue to break down the Sustainable Development Goals and how they relate to Fair Trade.