NGOFILE: Coordinadora Estatal de Comercio Justo (CECJ) ~ National Fair-Trade Coordinating Council

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• Coordinadora Estatal de Comercio Justo (CECJ) ~ National Fair-Trade Coordinating Council •

cecj-fairtradeSpain’s Coordinadora Estatal de Comercio Justo (CECJ, or ‘National Fair-Trade Coordinating Council’) is a non-governmental national umbrella organisation founded in 1986 that has more than three decades of experience in the coordination and promotion of projects and services related to international fair-trade in Spain.

The CECJ provides a variety of services to facilitate the work of its 29 affiliated organisations throughout Spain, stressing ethical business and commercial practices, environmental sustainability, social justice and respect for human rights in the production and sale of fair-trade products.

The organisation also conducts outreach programmes and engages in advocacy and civic mobilisation activities designed to raise public awareness about fair trade, promote the consumption of fair-trade products and a engender a sense of solidarity among the Spanish public with small producers of sustainable fair-trade goods and products from around the world.

In 2016, the CECJ and member organisations are celebrating the opening of the first Comercio Justo shops in Spain in 1986 in the cities of Córdoba and Donostia-San Sebastián. Over the past 30 years, Spain’s Fair Trade movement has grown steadily, with consumers purchasing 35 million euros’ worth of fair-trade products in 2015. As of 2016, more than 125 employees and 2,000 volunteers staff more than 140 fair-trade shoppes and kiosks and 12 online sites operating in Spain under the auspices of CECJ member organisations.

► Learn more and follow Spain’s CECJ at the following links online:

► Read Progressive Spain news coverage of the CECJ, here …

Updated as of 10/2016

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