, Volume 87, Issue 3, pp 343-353
Date: 17 Sep 2008

Can the Fair Trade Movement Enrich Traditional Business Ethics? An Historical Study of Its Founders in Mexico

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Abstract

As the need for more diversity in business ethics is becoming more pressing in our global world, we provide an historical study of a Fair Trade (FT) movement, born in rural Mexico. We first focus on the basic assumptions of its founders, which include a worker–priest, Frans van der Hoff, a group of native Indians and local farmers who formed a cooperative, and an NGO, Max Havelaar. We then review both the originalities and challenges of the FT movement and its potential contributions to the current theories and practices in business ethics.