Fair trade as an expression of human rights in Latin America and Brazil


  • Joana Stelzer


Human Rights; Latin America; Fair Trade.


The instrumentalization of Human Rights through commerce represents the core of this research. Under this argument, Fair
Trade emerges as a social movement that brings the human being at the center of the discussions, ensuring that exchanges are sustainable from a social, economic and environmental point of view. Aspects such as respect for gender issues, prohibition of slave and child labor, freedom of association, among others, are made possible through the new commercial proposal. Special emphasis was given to the Latin American experiences – through CLAC (Coordinadora Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Pequeños Productores y Trabajadores de Comercio Justo) – and Brazil. The specific objectives of the investigation were: to characterize Fair Trade as a mercantile expression in the pursuit of Human Rights; to describe the transnational conception of Fair Trade as a vector for Human Rights; and, to evaluate the implementation of the rules related to Fair Trade, in the latin american and brazilian scope. The method used was the inductive critical, evaluating data and information in a qualitative
way. The means of research were bibliographic. As for the purposes, the research is descriptive and the results were exposed exclusively in the form of texts.