Sale of Fair Trade products in Czech Republic increases by 60 percent
Fair Trade product sales in Czech Republic increased by some 60 percent in 2010, representing a turnover of some 80 million crowns. The sharp rise in interest in items produced or in developing countries under transparent conditions and according to clear ethical norms, has been attributed to several factors and earlier Radio Prague discussed some of them with Tomáš Bílý, the head of the Czech Fair Trade Association.
What are some of the basic tenets of Fair Trade?
I’ve read that the very first Fair Trade products in the Czech Republic were introduced back in 1994: what were they and how has what is on offer changed?
“In 1994 handicrafts were the first items on the market. For ten years, until 2004 when we joined the EU, it was only handicrafts, but today the lists includes agricultural products like tea, coffee, sugar and cocoa and so on. In terms of price, some items are comparable to domestic items sold here or in other parts of Europe. Chocolate is about the same, but teas is a little more expensive. In any case, we hope it because a bit of a fashion here, like in neighbouring countries. Certainly the situation is incomparable to five years ago.”www.fairtrade-asociace.cz.