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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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.…

Finance Innovation: The Next Frontier in 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…

With Thrive Coffee, Chick-fil-A Puts Profit In Farmers’ Pockets

Specialty coffee retailers are a dime a dozen, but Thrive Farmers has managed to stand out from the crowd, both in terms of…

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,…

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,…

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…

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…