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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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…
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American Idol Kelly Clarkson Rallies Support for Fair Trade Coffee

For most Americans, our morning cup of coffee is the requisite first step before anything else that may occupy our to-do list for…
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Can Fair Trade Chocolate Curb the Looming Cocoa Shortage?

First it's wine, now it's chocolate. What's this world coming to? Experts are sounding the alarms: it may be all over for the…
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Kiva and Fair Trade USA Launch Innovative Loan Program for Small Coffee Farmers

This is part of a series on “The Future of Fair Trade,” written in collaboration with Fair Trade USA. A 501 (c) (3)…
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Stories & Beer: Numi Tea and Fair Trade USA

Tonight's "Stories & Beer Fireside Chat" next included Brian Durkee, Numi Tea's VP of Operations alongside Nora Pittenger, of Fair Trade USA.
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Fast Fashion Has to Slow Down

Unfortunately, until the tragic collapse of a factory killed over 1000 women workers in Bangladesh this past April, few people were tuned in…
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New Consortium Takes on the Chai Challenge

By Heather Connon A nice cup of tea is the usual prescription for everything from severe shock to a tiring day. But the…
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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…
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The World’s Most Sustainable Retailer? Marks & Spencer’s 2013 Plan A Report

The annual “Plan A” update from Marks & Spencer outlines what the company has done to mitigate its impact on society and on…
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SBIO 2013 Semi-finalist Interview: Ecopia

Using the starch from tapioca, social enterprise Ecopia produces a fully degradable, recyclable, and non-GMO bio-plastic, referred to as ECOPLAS®, while also seeking…
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How Fair Trade Helped Indian Cotton Farmers When Government Failed

When the government failed and trade negotiations came up empty, NGOs like Fair Trade stepped in to help Indian cotton farmers.
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Fair Trade USA Sets Sights on Cotton

Fair Trade USA has achieved a great milestone of 10 percent of cotton is Fair Trade certified. To move forward, Fair Trade USA…
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Ben & Jerry’s Social Mission

Although Ben & Jerry's is owned by Unilever, they continue to pursue their own social initiatives: Caring Dairy, fair trade and anti-GMO efforts.
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We Investigate Labor Violation Claims Against Fair Trade Chocolatier Theo Chocolate

Theo Chocolate has been accused of union busting by the International Labor Rights Forum and Teamsters, who say that the fair trade chocolate…
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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…