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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Marks and Spencer: Over 60% of All Products Sold are “Sustainable”

Marks and Spencer says 63 percent of its products sold have had a Plan A or “sustainable” attribute.

A Black Friday 2014 Call to Action: Durability Over Discounts?

Black Friday 2014 does not have to be about buying cheap stuff at big box stores. Consider focusing on durability over discounts instead.

Balancing Commerce, Idealism and Yoga Pants: Q&A with prAna CEO

prAna was recently acquired by outdoor retailer Columbia. CEO Scott Kerslake how the company will and won't change from its core mission.

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…

Dr. Bronner’s Takes the Lead in Sourcing Sustainable Palm Oil

One company making a difference with responsible palm oil sourcing is Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, the famous manufacturer of castile soap.

From Coffee and Tea to Fish in the Sea: A New Frontier of Fair Trade

Fishermen are often on the losing end of global trade, facing low market prices and lack of tools to improve resource management. Fair…

Ethical Tea Partnership, Oxfam Lead Campaign for a Living Wage

Finding systemic issues that effectively trap tea workers into earning below living wages, ETP, Oxfam and GIZ intend to improve the situation. They…

Climate Change Threatens Sri Lanka’s Tea Industry

The Sri Lankan tea industry, already challenged by global competition and rising costs, is increasingly threatened due to climate change.

3p Weekend: 10 Budding Trends in Sustainable Fashion

Over the past few months, we've been exploring the environmental and social impact of fashion in an in-depth series, so we have our…

Green is the New Black: How Consumers Feel About Sustainable Apparel

From the beginning of civil societies, people have expressed their history, traditions, culture and occupations through clothing. From the humble beginnings of homemade…

5 Things You May Not Know About Fair Trade Apparel

How does Fair Trade fit into the sustainable apparel dialogue, and what distinguishes it?

Making the Food Trade Work for All

Monday is Cesar Chavez Day, a time to think about who our food comes from, the challenges they face and how an approach…

How Loving Your Clothes Can Make the World a Better Place

It’s hard to discuss the problems within the apparel industry without somebody asking, very reasonably, for a solution. We think the solution lies…

Fair Trace Tool Makes Supply Chain Transparency Fashionable

Fashionistas now, for the first time, can see beyond clothing labels with the Fair Trace Tool developed by fair trade fashion company INDIGENOUS.…

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…
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