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Southern Ontario Social Economy Node


Project 6 - Internationalizing the Social Economy Through Fair Trade: An Action Research Project

Academic Partners

Ananya Mukherjee, York University (Project Lead)

Darryl Reed , York University

John-Justin McMurtry , York University

Community Partners

Bill Barrett, Planet Bean Coffee Co-operative

For further information about this project, contact Ananya Mukherjee: ananya@yorku.ca

Description

The basic purpose of this project is to investigate the problems involved in social economy enterprises undertaking initiatives to develop new FT products and the conditions for success. More specifically, this project will analyse the efforts of the Planet Bean Co-operative – located in Guelph, Ontario – to develop a new FT product in co-operation with local partners in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Gujurat. The more specific objectives of this project are:

  • to investigate the entire range of activities involved in the development of a new FT product line, cotton
  • to analyse the nature (technical, financial, organizational, political-bureaucratic, social) of problems that arise in these endeavours, as well as the measures employed to address them;
  • to develop and employ social accounting measures that capture the full range of the value added in the process for both southern and northern partners (including, in addition to standard economic indicators, increased participation in decision-making, increase involvement to community affairs, empowerment of women, etc.), and;
  • to evaluate the effectiveness of Fair Trade certifying bodies in the certification and promotion of new products.

Plans for communicating research results within the academic community

See project 5

Plans for communicating research results outside the academic community

See project 5

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