fair trade

“Fair trade” is a system of trade in which workers receive living wages and employment opportunities for the goods they produce. This system serves as an alternative approach to conventional international trade for producers who are typically economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers from developing countries. The producers partner with international organizations that help them build their skills to market and sell goods such as crafts, and agricultural products such as coffee and chocolate.

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Theo Chocolate: The Challenge of Going Green

What does it take to be sustainable in today's business world? We catch up with Joe Whinney, CEO and co-founder of Theo Chocolate,…
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Mexican Startup Goes Beyond Fair Trade

Semina Boni Terra doesn’t prioritize competition in the hostile trade environment between Mexico and U.S. corporations. Montse Castro, founder of the Mexican startup,…
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Is Mass Balance Pushing Your Chocolate Bar Too Far?

Big chocolate is jumping in the fair trade movement -- thanks to mass balance. Commodities are difficult to track and mass balance makes…
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6 Rainforest Products You’ve Never Heard Of

Fair trade isn't just for coffee and cocoa! Check out these products coming to you from rainforest communities in Guatemala. Sustainably produced and…
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The Patron Saint of Petén

Guatemala’s Petén region is home to the Maya Biosphere reserve, one of the world’s largest rainforests. The reserve’s status as protected land hangs…
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EcoPlum ‘Pops Up’ for Earth Week

There are many ways to celebrate Earth Week and highlight the importance of living a more sustainable life. EcoPlum, an online fashion and…
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Ben & Jerry’s Tesla Road Trip for Climate Change

Ben & Jerry's is criss-crossing the U.S. for its Save Our Swirled tour in a tricked-out Tesla serving free ice cream and encouraging…
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Stock Your Bar Cart with These Sustainable Spirits

We've already covered sustainable beer and wine in our 3p Weekend series, but what about sustainable spirits? From grain-to-bottle to fair trade certified,…
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?
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What If a Job Could Reduce Violence?

Economic development could reduce violence in communities with gang activity through supplying choices and opportunity.
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Skidmore College Earns Chain of Custody Certification for Seafood

Students, faculty and staff at Skidmore College in upstate New York are now being served a variety of fresh seafood certified to have…
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Policy Points: Net Neutrality, Sick Leave and Better Trade

A sustainable economy will depend on policies that will help advance change on a societal level. Here are three important policies that will…
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Designer Handbags Provide Jobs, Preserve Ancient Cultures

The term, “sustainable fashion,” has many meanings: It can refer to clothes and accessories made from organic, naturally dyed fabrics; apparel made by…
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Sustainable Flower Growers Are a Few Roses Among Many Thorns

You may want to consider more sustainable flower growers that are on the market next time you want something delivered for that special…
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Your Seafood: Now Fair Trade Certified

Safeway's latest commitment brings the company up to par with your local farmers market when it comes to worker transparency.