LISTEN: Ethical retailing — just a trend, or the future of shopping?

Fair trade chocolate products.
Fair trade chocolate products. Global News

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Back in March, Mountain Equipment Co-op decided to stop selling outdoor equipment brands linked to a U.S. gun maker. The move appeared to be largely in response to consumer pressure.

Is this the new normal? Are customers starting care more about the ethical practices of the brands they buy and the stores they frequent?

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In this instalment of CKNW’s the Future of Work series, we look at whether ethical retailing is the way of the future.

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Host Lynda Steele spoke with John Marron, director of commercial relations and marketing for Fairtrade Canada.

He said consumers — particularly those among younger generations — are increasingly concerned about ensuring the dollars they spend go to fair wages or sustainable production methods.

It’s been enough to drive Canadian growth in fair trade items by seven per cent in 2016, and Marron said that trend appears to have accelerated last year.

LISTEN: Is ethical retailing the way of the future?

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