Working group Fair Hanse
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Fair trade connects consumers, companies and organisations of producers and changes trade and acting through better prizes for small farmer families as well as human operating conditions on plantations in developing- and newly industrializing countries.

In the medieval ages many Hanseatic Cities became rich because of trade, but fair trade was not a topic at all – this finally changed at the 34th International Hanseatic Day in Lübeck in 2014, where fair trade played a hearable and visible role for the first time.

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In the course of the centuries all over the world people developed economic and trade connection on a basis of mutual benefit and solidarity. Fair trade transfers these ideas to today’s challenges of international trade in a globalized world. Fair trade bases on ways of production and acting, on which human and environment take precedence over financial profit. Furthermore fair trade connects producers and consumers creating more transparency in the chains. By showing that more justice in global trade is possible, fair trade wants to let citizens participate at the restatement of the rules of trade and to adjust them towards the needs of small producers, workers and consumers.

Fair trade is not about charity but aims on a partnership for change and development through trade, so it follows the tradition of the historic Hanseatic League.

Fair trade towns are part of this idea. They promote fair trade on a local level and are result of a successful networking between persons from civil society, politics and economy, who campaign for fair trade in their homeland. In Germany the awareness for fair production conditions as well as social and environment saving production and trade structures.

On a municipal base fair trade already plays an important role, the awareness of the importance of fair trade in the process of public acquisitions rises.

Further information concerning fair trade towns can be found here.

Trade was and is Hanseatic history and thus belongs to the natural heritage of our union of cities.In the Hanseatic League the topic of fair trade was taken up for the first time at the 34th International Hanseatic Day in Lübeck, where it was a clearly seeable and hearable issue. On the one hand the question “How fair was the trade of the Hanseatic League (in medieval ages)?”, on the other hand fair traded products were served. Furthermore fair trade was on the agenda of the most important decision-making body of the Hanseatic League. In July 2016 in Hamburg the committee Fair Hanseatic League was found and during the following Hanseatic Days in Viljandi and Bergen the meeting of delegates voted to promote fair trade in the Hanseatic League.

Here you can find the documentation “Fair Trade on the 34th International Hanseatic Day in Lübeck – a Review that should encourage”.

An interview with Prof. Dr. Harm von Seggern, University Kiel, regarding the question “How fair was the trade of the Hanseatic League?” has been published here (only in German).

At the 38th International Hanseatic Day in Rostock the Assembly of Delegates approved guidelines to integrate fair trade in the activities of THE HANSA. The organisers of the Hanseatic Day also developed a Handbook on Sustainable Event Planning.

An overview of all Hanseatic cities which are certified as Fair Trade Towns can be found here.

Poster exhibition "The path to the Fair Hansa"

further fairtrade initiatives

Competition „capital city of fair trade“

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Fairtrade Schools

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Fairtrade Universities

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