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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Creative Solutions to Laos’ Ongoing Problem with Conflict Weapons

Bombs were dropped on Laos every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years. Over a quarter of these bombs failed to…

Hershey Pledges Improvement on Cacao, Palm Oil and Animal Welfare

Hershey's most recent corporate social responsibility report insists the company is ramping up efforts improving its record on cacao sourcing, palm oil procurement…

Starbucks Issues the First U.S. Corporate Sustainability Bond

Starbucks issued $500 million worth of notes whose proceeds will benefit its sustainability programs in coffee-growing regions. Called Senior Notes, they include the…

Make Everything Fair Trade by Nature, Not Just by Name

To follow up World Fair Trade Day, Mark Driscoll, head of food at Forum for the Future, looks at big-picture thinking in a…

Hope for South Sudan’s Coffee Farmers with Nespresso-USAID Partnership

USAID is teaming up with coffee pod giant Nespresso and the NGO TechnoServe to revitalize South Sudan's coffee industry. The three organizations will…

The Child Labor in Your Valentine’s Chocolate

It's painful to hear, but it's better in the long run, right? Those heart-shaped boxes of chocolate come at a steep human price.…

Financing Fair Trade Supply Chains

How can smaller-scale, fair-trade suppliers like Guayaki’s yerba mate farmers get the financing they need to meet market demand? Social finance and fair…

Bouqs Wants You to Send Flowers from Farm to Table

Bouqs, based in Venice, California, promises to send flowers directly from farms in South America. The easy pricing and farm-to-table business model could…

The Fair Trade Holiday Gift Guide

If you thought Fair Trade gifts were limited to tried-and-true bars of chocolate or bags of coffee, you’re in for a treat! This…

West Elm Shifts Strategy Toward Fair Trade

"It was all machine-made, all very clean and simple, and all very soulless," West Elm CEO James Brett said of the company's product…

Saving Basmati and Other Endangered Grains

If you think you're buying basmati rice, think again. "Most of the rice sold as basmati in the United States is not the…

3 Things to Know for Fair Trade Month

Fair Trade Month is a time to spread the word about who and where our products come from. This means putting the spotlight…

Honest Tea: It Ain’t Easy Being Mission-Based

Honest Tea, based in Bethesda, Maryland, recently issued its annual sustainability report, touting the achievements and challenges faced by the 17-year-old tea and…

Nat Geo Fair Trade Marketplace Uses Happiness to Rake in $63 Million

Fair trade marketplace Novica has raked in over $63 million for artisans around the world thanks to a partnership with Nat Geo

Empowering Refugee and Immigrant Women for a Brighter Future

Thousands of women refugees and immigrants come to the U.S. because they have been driven to abandon their home countries in search of…