Taipai mayor seeks accreditation as a ‘fair trade’ metropolis
Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je wants the world to know that products made in his city meet basic standards for labor and environmental practices. Taiwan Today reports that the mayor is spearheading an effort to have the city garner “fair trade accreditation.”
To earn this recognition, Taipei must take steps that include passing a resolution supporting fair trade and producing an array of products that abide by the guidelines. Fair Trade certifications emphasize goals such as living wages, access to health care and education and micro-loans to jumpstart businesses.
“While ‘fair trade city’ is a popular concept in the West,” the article says, “it has only recently begun gaining acceptance in Asia.” Taipei would become the third Asian city, alongside Seoul and Kumamoto, Japan, sponsor of last year’s International Fair Trade Towns Conference, to receive certification.
This year’s conference is being held July 4-5 in Bristol, England, another fair trade city, whose innovative mayor was profiled by Citiscope.