Fair Trade is booming: demand for products, financing, and investments is on the rise

World Fair Trade Day on May 12, 2012

Zurich, May 9, 2012 --- Fair trade is one of the fastest-growing sectors worldwide. In view of the continued high demand for fair trade products, responsAbility – one of the most important asset managers in the fair trade sector – also foresees solid performance for this market over the longer term. In view of World Fair Trade Day on May 12, 2012, this is an encouraging signal not only for producers and consumers, but also for investors looking to earn a financial return while at the same time making a positive social impact.

With global annual turnover of around USD 5 billion1 and continued strong annual growth rates of an average of 35%1, fair trade has established itself as a market with a promising future. Given the ongoing high demand for fair trade products, as well as strong innovation and increasing financing requirements from producers, the fair trade sector offers interesting opportunities for investors. Investing in fair trade makes it possible both to earn a financial return while at the same time making a positive social impact. What is more, in the current low-interest-rate environment, fair trade investments can be an attractive alternative for investors looking for a low correlation to the financial markets and little volatility. This is the conclusion reached by responsAbility, one of most important asset managers in the fair trade sector.

Klaus Tischhauser, Co-founder and CEO of responsAbility: “Fair trade is one of the fastest- growing sectors worldwide. Thanks to our extensive experience, local expertise, and robust investment processes, we enable not only producers and investors to profit from the growth opportunities of this market; with their orientation toward sustainable business practices, our investments help to improve product quality and diversity to the benefit of consumers.”

To date, responsAbility has provided financing amounting to over USD 120 million to around 60 producer organizations in the area of fair trade through its various investment funds.

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