The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Fair Trade Manitoba - MCIC’s Public Engagement Program

In April 2016, MCIC’s Fair Trade Trip took 13 business, procurement, NGO and student leaders to Peru. No experience there was more compelling than a day visiting a banana cooperative. While bananas are the most popular fruit in the world, producers make little or no money from production.

Through the Fair Trade system, there is a small profit to producers and a 10% Fair Trade Premium goes to community investments such as schools, clinics, equipment and training. In this case, the premium was used to purchase equipment to ease the backbreaking labour of harvesting and processing bananas. Consumers here can improve the lives and livelihoods of producers around the world by looking for the Fair Trade label on items such as coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar, tropical fruit, spices and other products.

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Achieving economic growth and sustainable development requires that we urgently reduce our ecological footprint by changing the way we produce and consume goods and resources. Agriculture is the biggest user of water worldwide, and irrigation now claims close to 70 percent of all freshwater for human use.

The efficient management of our shared natural resources, and the way we dispose of toxic waste and pollutants, are important targets to achieve this goal. Encouraging industries, businesses and consumers to recycle and reduce waste is equally important, as is supporting developing countries to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption by 2030.

A large share of the world population is still consuming far too little to meet even their basic needs. Halving the per capita of global food waste at the retailer and consumer levels is also important for creating more efficient production and supply chains. This can help with food security, and shift us towards a more resource efficient economy.