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Southern Ontario Social Economy Node


Project 5 - Fair and Ethical Trade, Public Policy, and the Social Economy

Academic Partners

Darryl Reed, York University

Community Partners

For further information about this project, contact Darryl Reed: dreed@yorku.ca

Description

The overarching objective of this project is to explore the role of procurement policies in promoting the Fair and Ethical trade movements and their underlying goals of improving the living standards and working conditions of vulnerable and marginalized workers in the South. In particular, the project will look at three basic public realms where policies have been developed, viz., school board, universities and municipalities. The more specific goals of the project include:

  • developing a data base of purchasing policies in Canada;
  • analyzing the origins of such policies (including the key factors that spurred/inhibited their introduction), and;
  • analyzing the impact of the policies (on sales of fair and ethically traded products, on the functioning of the organizations adopting them, on public opinion, on contributing to the formation of legislation, etc.)

Plans for communicating research results within the academic community

Dissemination efforts for for sub-projects 5, 6 and 7 will include: 1) individual journal articles and conference papers; 2) one edited book (or special issues of a journal) by the project team for each of the sub-projects; 3) a workshop during the course of each of the projects for participants and other interested researchers working on related issues.

Plans for communicating research results outside the academic community

Specific materials to be produced for non-academic audiences include: 1) a report on the project with public policy recom¬mendations (for each of the sub-projects); 2) a statement of recommendations and strategies for related bodies for each sub-project (e.g., Fair Trade organization, local social economy organizations, etc.), and; 3) inexpensive, popular pamphlets/booklets for general educational purposes for each sub-project. The above materials will be available on a project website (with links from the websites of partner organi¬zations) and will be incorporated in workshops and campaigns organized by our partner and related organizations.

Interview with Darryl Reed by Annie McKitrick

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