Definition

Sustainable trade occurs when the commercial exchanges of goods and services generate social, economic and environmental benefits in accordance with the fundamental principles of sustainable development:

  • Creation of economic value;
  • Reduction of poverty and inequality;
  • Preservation and reuse of environmental resources.

The promoters of these practices want to put the emphasis not only on decent working conditions, but also on the fact that this trade is carried out with a genuine consideration for environmental resources and a concern for the preservation and reuse of raw materials.

Fair trade and organic trade are specific models of sustainable trade.