The term fair trade is nowadays very common and used within numerous businesses. Fair trade products are tested through different companies guaranteeing that agricultural commodities are grown, farmers are paid adequately and environmental conditions were treated with respect. Fair Trade Certified products were sold in 2010 at a total of 5.8 billion all over the world. But this seems not to be the real situation.
Working conditions are still not as they normally should be. Million of workers are nowadays part of vulnearable work. Unfortunately that is not all yet. The list is long, containing forced labour, modern forms of slavery, unpaid wages, sexual harassment or child labour. It seems that the global labour situation has not significantly improved.
Nowadays there are at least 12.3 million workers all over the world that are at forced labour. Modern slavery is continuing to be present although we are living in a very developed and innovative world. Millions of women, children and men are living as slaves. Child labour is also one of the very big problems all over the world. The ILO estimates that 215 million children (5-17 years) are at child labour. 53 million children (under 15) should be directly withdrawn from hazardous working conditions.
Numerous organizations and companies try to combat this situation through different projects and social commitments. But it costs a lot of effort to improve the working conditions, avoid human exploitation and rescue the people from their current live. It is not only up to organizations but moreover to the government that should try to focus more on that problem implementing more control and labour laws.