Fair Trade in France: From Individual Innovators to Contemporary Networks

Nil Özçağlar-Toulouse, Amina Béji-Bécheur and Patrick E. Murphy. Paper published in Journal of Business Ethics, December 2009, Volume 90, Issue 4 Supplement, pp 589-606.

Fair trade aims at humanising the capitalist economy by serving the community, instead of simply striving for financial profit. The current fair trade sector is an excellent example of an innovation where networks based on ethical principles can help to effectively serve this market. Our analysis is based on 48 interviews amongst fair trade innovators in France and illustrates the advent of a new type of entrepreneur, one that is grounded in the social and solidarity economy (SSE). Based on a service-dominant logic, these innovators aim to construct a ‘new world’ centred on trade relationships by integrating the role of multiple-player networks into the creation of value in the market.

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