Retno Hapsari, the General Manager of XSProject had the
opportunity to attend World Fair Trade (WFTO) Asia Conference that was held in
Goa, India from 8th to 14th October 2012 along with one
other Fair Trade member from Indonesia and the Secretariat General of Fair
Trade Indonesia. Fair Trade members, donors, and buyers from 22 countries
attended the Conference, which was titled ‘Launching the Sustainability Chain
and Building Consumer Confidence in Fair Trade’. The event took place in a beautiful resort
beach hotel of Bogmallo Beach Resort, Goa. .
Since this was the first time that XSProject had the opportunity
to participate in a conference of this type, Retno was quite excited. She was able to share her experiences and
learn about accomplishments and best practices from other Fair Trade members..
The most pressing challenge that many faced has been the global recession,
because this has been making it harder for
members to generate sustainable income for their producers and
artisans. Other issues discussed during
the conference included branding, product visibility, and the need for living
wages among the producers.
As a result of the conference, the President and Board of the
World Fair Trade Organization will focus more intently on creating a standard
brand, increasing the visibility of Fair Trade members, simplifying the membership process, and expanding
distribution by creating an outlet for WFTO members.
XSProject was honored to be at this conference, and looks forward to future opportunities to benefit from its WFTO membership.