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Fair trade as a strategy for international competitiveness

Meaton, Julia, Young, William and Welford, Richard (2003) Fair trade as a strategy for international competitiveness. International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, 10 (1). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1350-4509

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Abstract

At the centre of the debate surrounding sustainable development is a recognition that companies can make a major contribution by being environmentally and socially responsible and that tools associated with these concepts can enhance the competitiveness and economic performance of the firm. In this paper we go further in arguing that in a world of globalisation it is equally important to look at issues of international trade.

In an examination of free trade we argue that it is neither fully consistent with sustainable development nor to the benefit of business. We point to a new imperative to develop sound sourcing, and equitable and fair trading relationships. We identify issues ...

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Schools: The Business School
The Business School > Emerging Markets Research Group
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2008 10:14
Last Modified: 18 May 2011 10:31
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/554

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