The Future of Fair Trade

A 3p series in partnership with Fair Trade USA.

Fair Trade USA enables sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and the earth. We achieve our mission by certifying and promoting Fair Trade products.

Join us as we explore the benefits, challenges and opportunities of Fair Trade in partnership with Triple Pundit, and the amazing companies and producers with whom we work.

Elvia Almachi, 32, holds a bundle of recently harvested Fair Trade-certified roses. Elvia has been working at Agrogana for 12 years, and has been part of the Fair Trade committee. She has two daughters, 9 and 12. Elvia and her husband Luis Alberto Villegas, also an Agrogana employee, both participate in the weekend adult school program paid by the Fair Trade Premium.

Farmworker Awareness Week: Do You Know Who Picks Your Produce?

Farmworkers across the globe are out in the fields from dawn to dusk, working hard to feed the world. But at what cost?
Turmeric Farm - Zoomout

Numi Tea Brings Fair Trade to Madagascan Turmeric Farmers

One year ago today, there was a very limited supply of Fair Trade Certified turmeric on the market. Wanting to utilize the root…
Chemonges Janet, a single mother of 7 children, says her Fair Trade co-op has helped her learn to compost for fertilizer, get new coffee  trees when old ones decline, and she also received an eco-friendly stove through the community development premium

Fair Trade Goes Full Circle on Supply Chains

October is Fair Trade month. Today we reflect on how far the movement has come and how it allows customers to give back…
Garment workers

5 Things You May Not Know About Fair Trade Apparel

How does Fair Trade fit into the sustainable apparel dialogue, and what distinguishes it?
Raul Zambrano, from Ecuador, scoops cacao beans recently dried in a tumbler

Help Save the Cocoa Industry – Buy Fair Trade Chocolate This Valentine’s Day

It's Valentine's Day, and in supermarkets, drug stores and specialty shops across the country, shelves are lined with chocolates of every shape, size…
Small-scale farmer, Guatemala

Coffee in Crisis: The Silent Disaster You’ve Never Heard Of

A look at two major crises that are threatening the livelihoods of farmers and workers across the globe, and how Fair Trade can…
Fair Trade factory in India

A Look at Fair Trade in the Wake of Bangladesh

Fair Trade USA explores how the Rana Plaza tragedy might be a tipping point for the apparel industry, as more consumers seek ethical…
coffee rust, Central America, Fair Trade, Fair Trade USA, Rust Response Fund, Hemieia Vastatrix, Ben Corey-Moran, coffee farmers, arabica coffee, coffee, Guatemala

FairTrade USA Ramps Up Fight Against Coffee Rust in Central America

Fair Trade USA launched the Rust Response Fund, to which we will contribute a minimum of $50,000 to fight the spread of coffee…

How Collaboration Creates Fair Trade from Farm-to-Shelf

How can groups that are passionate about making change work together to solve an intricate and complicated problem that spans the globe?
Fair Trade Certified roses

Fair Trade Romance? Why Fair Trade Flowers Matter on Valentine’s Day

This Valentine's Day, give that special someone a bouquet of beautiful red roses AND support the farmers and workers that grew them. Fair…

Attention Shoppers: Your Holiday Purchases Have Power

With 70 percent of the American economy based on consumer spending, holiday shoppers have the leverage to use that spending power for social…
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Why Choose Fair Trade?

In honor of Fair Trade month, Fair Trade USA produced this great infographic to show what happens when you purchase fair trade products.…
Migoel with coffee

Fair Trade Changes Lives – Can it Preserve Culture?

Author Kelsey Timmerman has traveled around the world meeting the people who catch, pick, and grow our food while conducting research for his…
Elba Vilorio Ramirez is proud of her Fair Trade cacao

Fair Trade: How to Vote with Your Wallet

Walking the grocery store aisles can be daunting if you know a thing or two about international supply chains. In honor of Fair…
at bus with workers FNSF

First Fair Trade Certified Coffee Estate Already Improving Lives

Within 3 months of certification the first Fair Trade coffee estate's 110 workers (40% of whom are women) earned $7,250 in community development…